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#PowerOut – The 5 at 5: The Journal.IE, 8 October 2015

#POWER OUT: EirGrid has scrapped its Grid Link Project, which would have seen pylons built between Cork to Kildare. A ‘regional option’ will be pursued instead.

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Independent panel thinks Eirgrid will ditch plan for underground power lines: Breaking News.IE, 8 October 2015

An independent expert panel says it believes EirGrid is “highly unlikely” to progress plans for major new overhead or underground power lines in the years ahead.

The Grid Link programme has been the subject of intense public scrutiny in recent years over environmental and health fears.

However, the expert group says it believes EirGrid is now showing a “clear preference” for a so-called “Regional” plan, which would see existing infrastructure developed to boost transmission.

EirGrid is due to respond to the report today.

Plug pulled on pylon plan as Eirgrid finds new option: Irish Examiner, 8 October 2015

High-voltage cables are to be laid underwater across the Shannon Estuary as part of Eirgrid’s new plan to boost electricity supplies without more pylons.

Technology never before seen in Ireland, and in limited use internationally, will see 400kV cables laid between Moneypoint in Clare and Kilpaddoge in Kerry.

Details emerged as Eirgrid announced it was abandoning controversial plans for extensive new networks of pylons from Cork to Kildare.

The company will instead boost capacity at existing stations and substations across the South and South-East, adding conductors that will enable the pylons already in place to transmit more electricity.

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Anti-Grid West campaign welcomes end of southeast pylons plan: Irish Times, 8 October 2015

Campaigners against Eirgrid’s GridWest project have welcomed the company’s decision to abandon its pylons plan between Cork and Kildare.

“We are now looking forward to Eirgrid also cancelling GridWest,” Moy Valley Protection Group chairman Eddie Farrell said on Thursday.

Based in north Mayo, the Moy Valley Protection Group opposes plans for the 400kv grid link, and is also opposed to two large wind farm projects planned for the area by Coillte, the ESB and Bord na Móna.

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Anti-GridWest campaign welcomes end of southeast pylons plan: Irish Times, 8 October 2015

Campaigners against Eirgrid’s GridWest project have welcomed the company’s decision to abandon its pylons plan between Cork and Kildare.

“We are now looking forward to Eirgrid also cancelling GridWest,” Moy Valley Protection Group chairman Eddie Farrell said on Thursday.

Based in north Mayo, the Moy Valley Protection Group opposes plans for the 400kv grid link, and is also opposed to two large wind farm projects planned for the area by Coillte, the ESB and Bord na Móna.

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EirGrid scraps plans for massive overhead power line running from Cork to Kildare: Irish Independent, 8 October 2015

The €500m Grid Link project from Cork to Kildare via Wexford will not now go ahead, the company has confirmed this afternoon.

Instead, new technology will be used for the first time across the Irish power network which will allow more electricity to be transmitted along existing lines, eliminating the need for pylons.

The move comes amid a massive public outcry about the project, with more than 35,000 submissions made to the company.

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Eirgrid abandons new pylons plan between Cork and Kildare: Irish Times, 8 October 2015

Eirgrid has abandoned plans to build a €215 million network of pylons from Cork to Kildare to boost electricity supplies across the State.

The semi-State company with responsibility for the national electricity grid said reduced demand for power means it no longer needs to build a new overhead network or install underground cables, which would have cost more than €643 million.

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Eirgrid ditches Cork to Kildare overhead power line plan: Irish Examiner, 8 October 2015

Eirgrid has confirmed that the proposed overhead power line from Cork to Kildare will not go ahead.

An independent panel earlier said that the company is more likely to use a ‘Regional Model’.

This would involve the strengthening of the existing infrastructure.

The Grid Link programme has been the subject of intense public scrutiny in recent years over environmental and health fears.

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Eirgrid scraps pylon plans to connect Cork and Kildare: Agriland, 8 October 2015

Eirgrid will not be constructing pylons to facilitate a Cork-Kildare overhead power line as part of its Grid Link project.

An independent expert panel review found that Eirgrid will more than likely go with strengthening the existing grid infrastructure in the region, known as the ‘regional option’.

Eirgrid submitted a report to the panel, which set out an analysis of alternative options to meet the need of the Grid Link project.

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Technology used in new pylon route a first in Europe: The Irish Times, 8 October 2015

Grid Link is the biggest and most expensive of three projects EirGrid announced in early 2013. Running 230km from Knockraha in Cork, through Wexford, to Dunstown in Kildare, its cost two years ago was estimated at €500 million.

It is about twice the size of the other two projects planned by the national grid operator, the North-South link from Meath to Tyrone and Grid West from Mayo to Galway.

In 2013 EirGrid’s chief executive Fintan Slye said all three were required to achieve two things. The first was to bring wind power from generators on the west coast to the main population centres in the east and south.

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