Over 200,000 homes in the West are to receive letters in relation to a new Irish energy business.
As part of its information and consultation programme on the Grid West project, EirGrid is writing to homes in Galway, Mayo Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim to increase awareness of the project and to encourage participation in the consultation process.
By developing a strong connection to the national electricity grid, the Grid West project aims to enable the region to develop its renewable energy resources and has the potential to facilitate job creation and attract investors that require a strong and reliable power supply.
Grid West Project Manager Alan McHugh said that since the project was launched, Grid West have engaged in two focused consultation periods, including nine open days in Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon and Leitrim.
“The project team is committed to the delivery of a consultation process which ensures on-going, meaningful two-way engagement with all stakeholders and, critically, with people living and working in the project study area,” he said.
“By writing to all households in the study area, we want to ensure that awareness of the project is increased and to encourage as many people as possible to participate in the consultation process during 2013, which is a key year as we move towards identifying the best route for this essential infrastructure.”
In the coming months, Grid West will be holding a third series of open days where the public can come along to discuss the work that has been carried out to date, ask questions and make submissions.
“We hope that this direct mail will encourage people to come along to these open days and/or contact the project team through our dedicated communications channels,” said Mr McHugh.
Project developments and consultation events will be advertised in local newspapers, on local radio and on the website www.eirgridprojects.com. The public can also contact Grid West to register for direct updates by email, post or text message.
The Grid West project is part of Grid25, EirGrid’s plan to develop and upgrade the national electricity transmission network from now until 2025.