Eirgrid to target local householders in letter blitz

Leitrim homes should be receiving information from Eirgrid on the Grid West project over the next few weeks to increase awareness of the project and to encourage participation in the consultation process.

Leitrim homes should be receiving information from Eirgrid on the Grid West project over the next few weeks to increase awareness of the project and to encourage participation in the consultation process.

Delivered by An Post, the letters to over 200,000 homes across the West started to appear in letter boxes last week.

By developing a strong connection to the national electricity grid, the Grid West project said they will enable the region to develop its rich renewable energy resources and has the potential to facilitate job creation and attract investors that require a strong and reliable power supply.

Eirgrid have already held consultation information days in Leitrim, Sligo, Roscommon and Galway.

Alan McHugh, the Grid West Project Manager said, “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”.

“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, we 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.

“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 us 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.

The project, which was launched in May 2012, will deliver 21st century energy infrastructure to the west of Ireland and enable the region to develop its rich renewable energy resources, with the potential to facilitate job creation and attract investors that require a strong and reliable power supply.

You can contact the project team by email at gridwest@eirgrid.com, by phone on 1890 940802 or by calling into the Grid West Information Centre at Linenhall Street, Castlebar (open every Monday and Tuesday from 9am to 5pm).

Sinn Fein Leitrim Deputy Michael Colreavy met with Eirgrid recently and said “I have received assurances from Eirgrid that they will hold consultation sessions with local residents and aim to resolve any problems that may occur down the line.”

Deputy Colreavy urged people to air any concerns and seek out local information early on in the process.