UNDERGROUNDING OF PROPOSED NORTH-SOUTH ELECTRICITY INTERCONNECTOR IS “A MYTH”: NI UTILITY REGULATOR

23 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

The lights could go out in Northern Ireland by 2021 unless political choices are made soon about the planned second North-South electricity interconnector, a conference in Belfast has been told. The Utility Regulator in the North said the notion of an alternative underground interconnector was just a myth and warned there was no comparable plan B. The overhead connector that is being planned is the only option, according to Jenny Pyper.

Her comments in a speech at the tenth annual customer conference of the EirGrid Group at the Titanic centre in Belfast came as An Bord Pleanála started to consider EirGrid’s response to the 900 submissions it has received regarding the planning application for the interconnector in the Republic. This overhead route from County Meath to Armagh and Tyrone would pass through 42 townlands in County Monaghan and part of County Cavan.

The EirGrid Chief Executive Fintan Slye told the…

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