County Kildare Chamber today ( 8th March) welcomed the emerging best performing route option for the grid upgrade by Eirgrid. This follows extensive consultation with Eirgrid and the County Kildare Chamber membership throughout 2021.
The Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade is a high-capacity underground cable connecting Dunstown substation near Two Mile House in Kildare and Woodland substation near Batterstown in Meath.
Allan Shine, Chamber Chief Executive said, “ Option A (the Red Option) has been identified as the emerging best performing route option. The route option agreed upon will require extensive dialogue with both landowners, businesses and community groups. The upgrade will enable further growth in the mid-east region which is critical as we must meet the growing demands for electricity.
This project is crucial so that the network is strong enough to carry extra electricity and handle power generated in a variety of ways from many different renewable sources. County Development Plans for Meath and Kildare require a sufficient electricity supply in order to zone commercial land. Large indigenous SMEs and our cluster of multinationals need to be confident we can provide a steady supply of power into the future. We require a modern and stable infrastructure with a capacity to meet future demands, we must remain competitive and this project will support the growth of the economy in the region. The demand for data centres particularly in Kildare will be supported by the completion of this upgrade. We look forward to engaging with Eirgrid on the preferred route option with our membership over the coming weeks”.