EirGrid, the state-owned operator of Ireland’s electricity grid, will host information events to outline its plans to establish community and business forums as part of a programme for the upgrading of underground power cables across Dublin city.
The Powering Up Dublin Community and Business Forums bring together people and organisations from across the project area so that stakeholder, community and local businesses’ views can be discussed, understood and properly considered throughout the lifecycle of the project.
This project will see up to 50km of cables being installed, with some cables replacing existing ones and some new cables being installed. These upgrades are necessary to help secure Dublin’s electricity future and bring more renewable energy onto the grid.
To keep communities and businesses informed about the project, EirGrid is setting up a business forum and community forum, and these information events will provide more detail of the forums’ roles and how people can become a member.
The information event for the business forum takes place on Tuesday, September 27 at Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, from 9am to 10.30am. The community forum event takes place at the same location on September 27, from 7pm to 8.30pm.
Speaking about the information events, Sinead Dooley, Head of Public Engagement with EirGrid said: “We understand the importance of people’s feedback when developing projects. Communities and businesses know their area and are best placed to provide feedback. We hope to work collaboratively with them so that this essential project is delivered in a timely fashion, with as little impact to businesses and communities as possible.”
“These information events will provide greater detail on the role forums will play; from providing guidance on local needs and priorities, to making sure a local voice is heard and feedback is given to the project team,” added Dooley.
To register for either event, visit www.eirgrid.ie/Dublin