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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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 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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Eirgrid rethinks plan for scheme involving new overhead power lines: Irish Independent, 8 October 2015

Energy chiefs have dropped plans for 250km of high voltage overhead power lines to modernise electricity supplies from Cork to Waterford and on to Kildare.

Network company EirGrid will upgrade existing lines using new technology which boosts capacity on existing pylon links from the coal fired power station in Moneypoint, Co Clare to the greater Dublin area.

It was one of two options put forward earlier this year amid massive rural opposition to the controversial Grid Link plans for more powerful overhead lines to secure energy supplies for the coming decades.

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EirGrid says project using overhead power lines will not go ahead: Newstalk 106-108 fm, 8 October 2015

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

It comes after an independent expert panel said it believes Eirgrid was ‘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.

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Northern Ireland wind energy subsidy to end year early: BBC News, 30 September 2015

The current subsidy system for on-shore wind energy in Northern Ireland is set to end next April, a year earlier than planned.

Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell has started a two-week consultation on the proposal.

He had previously said he would maintain the subsidy system until 2017.

However, he said that changes in UK policy now mean that keeping it until 2017 would impose extra costs on consumers.

The subsidy system for renewable energy is being radically scaled back by the Conservative government.

Energy policy is devolved to Stormont, but decisions taken at Westminster are having a knock-on effect.

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High Court costs ruling wait ‘like a sword over my head’: Irish Examiner, 28 September 2015

A farmer who faces the risk of losing his 100-acre dairy holding said yesterday it was like a sword over his head, after a High Court judge put off a decision on who will pay the costs of a six-day court challenge to a €70m Tipperary wind farm.

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