ANTI-PYLON GROUP CLAIMS EIRGRID ANALYSIS OF OPTIONS FOR NEW ELECTRICITY LINE IN MEATH PROVES UNDERGROUNDING IS THE WAY FORWARD

23 July 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The North East Pylon Pressure Campaign has noted with interest the publication of EirGrid’s plans to move on to the next stage in its major project for a new Kildare to Meath Line (KML). This will involve strengthening the electrcity grid between south of Naas and Dunboyne, driven by higher demand for supply and data centre needs.

According to the NEPPC, EirGrid has decided to change its approach in terms of which criteria are important in making a decision as to the most suitable technology. For the second North-South Interconnector (NSI) the criteria focused totally on technical aspects and excluded the public impact, landscape and the environmental effects and the overall deliverability of the project. New criteria have been introduced into the Kildare- Meath Line. “No doubt these are related to the woeful lack of progress on the second North South Interconnector,” the NEPPC pointed out.

There are now two new criteria: ‘Socio-economic impacts’ – under this criterion consideration is given to settlement and communities; recreation and tourism; landscape and visual; and cultural heritage….

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