EirGrid is inviting local community groups to express an interest in joining the new Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade community forum.
The forum is being established as part of the Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade project, a strategically important new electricity development linking Dunstown substation in Kildare and Woodland substation in Meath.
The project is an approximately 50 kilometre-long high-voltage underground cable connecting the substations at Dunstown, near Two Mile House, and Woodland, near Batterstown.
The cable will be installed along the public road network where possible. Where significant constraints and potential impacts arise, EirGrid will consider alternative and localised off-road options.
It is intended that the community forum will act as a representative mechanism for communities to become involved in the development of the project. The forum will help advise EirGrid on possible routes, its approach to consultation and be kept informed of project developments.
EirGrid is encouraging members of community groups close to the proposed development to join the forum, particularly people from Batterstown, Kilcock, Maynooth, Clane, Sallins, Naas, Straffan, Prosperous and Caragh.
Membership of the forum is open to representatives of non-profit organisations, community and voluntary groups within the study area of the project. Organisations must be registered with the Public Participation Networks (PPN) or have submitted a registration form to their local PPN.
The deadline for community groups to submit expressions of interest to join the Kildare Meath Grid Upgrade Community Forum is Wednesday 30 June with the first meeting taking place in July.