Closing date nears for Grid Upgrade

by Rose Barrett
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EirGrid is encouraging members of the public to submit their views on the East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade, before the public consultation closes on Wednesday, November 30.

The operator of Ireland’s electricity grid commenced a 12-week public consultation in September, on four possible routes for the new 400kV underground electricity cable project. The East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade is a high-capacity electricity connection between Woodland electricity substation, near Batterstown in Co Meath, to Belcamp electricity substation, near Clonshaugh in north Dublin. 

Jason Kenna, EirGrid, speaking to a member of the public at a recent East Meath-North Dublin Grid Upgrade information day.

This project is needed to address the increased electricity demand in east Meath and north Dublin, due to economic activity and population growth, while also reducing the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation and preparing the grid for increased volumes of renewable energy. 

The extensive engagement process involved public information days, door-to-door engagement, public webinars and local landowner engagement, which saw the project team visit and speak to communities and stakeholders across the study area. 

EirGrid Community Liaison Officers Grainne Duffy and Eoghan O’Sullivan.

Speaking about the feedback to date, Michael Mahon, EirGrid Chief Infrastructure Officer said: “Submissions we have received from communities along the proposed routes shows us people want a say in how grid infrastructure is developed, and we are listening.The electricity system ultimately exists to serve the needs of communities and wider society, and as such, communities should be engaged in this process,” said Mahon. 

See the four proposed route options at, and make a submission on, or before November 30, at

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