Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) of our Grid Implementation Plans

Read about our current and previous consultations on the Strategic Environmental Assessments of our Grid Implementation Plans below.  

We undertake Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) of our Grid implementation plans every five years. This is to ensure that our approach to developing the Grid is sustainable and in line with best environmental practice. 

Our current Grid implementation plan (IP) and SEA covers the period 2017-2022.  The IP was adopted by EirGrid in December 2018 and brings together the following in one report:

Note: all of the above with the exception of the updated policies and objectives and strategic mitigation and monitoring, were subject to individual public consultation in advance of being integrated into the draft IP.

Our current IP and SEA covers the period 2017-2022. The IP and all associated environmental reports can be accessed on the icon below. 

The SEA Statement describes how environmental considerations and the views of consultees have been taken into account in shaping the adopted Grid IP. 

In 2008 we published Grid25, our strategy to develop the grid. The below documents were produced in line with this strategy and gave an overview of how the early stages of Grid25 were intended to be implemented. The strategy outlined the investment required to develop the transmission network in order to future-proof Ireland’s electricity needs. We are now reappraising the need and the drivers for these investments. We have produced a new draft strategy which responds to feedback received from the public, as a key part of our renewed efforts to encourage greater participation in our decision-making process. It also reflects an updated view of the economic context, and incorporates our growing experience of promising new transmission technologies.  We will develop a plan of how best to implement this strategy taking environmental into account in a formal Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).