Eirgrid says 40km overhead power line will provide security of supply

Tue, Sep 11, 2012, 01:00

A proposal by Eirgrid to run a 110kV overhead power line across a 40km stretch of Co Cork will provide security of supply and assist in exporting renewable energy, an oral hearing into the development heard yesterday.

However, the project is proving contentious in the southwest. A written submission by the group Communities Before Pylons queries the need for the proposed Clashavoon-Dunmanway 110kV. The group claims that due to the economic downturn, there has been a significant reduction in the demand for electricity.

Individual objectors also claim that Eirgrid has exaggerated the projected energy demand.

Eirgrid outlined its case for the development on the first day of a three- or four-day oral hearing at the Castle Hotel in Macroom yesterday.

Transmission projects manager Brian Mullins told the hearing that the development would assist the Government in reaching its target of 40 per cent renewable energy generation by 2020 while ensuring that the region met the standards required of a safe and secure electricity system.

Mr Mullins stressed that the development would increase the security and reliability of electricity supply to businesses, households and farms.