EAI welcomes today’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold planning approval for the southern section of the North South electricity interconnector.

The Electricity Association of Ireland (EAI) welcomes today’s decision by  the Supreme Court to uphold planning approval for the southern section of the North South electricity interconnector.

CEO Dara Lynott said: “The upholding of planning permission, by the Supreme Court, for the North South interconnector is great news for businesses and consumers across the island of Ireland. Enhancing our North South interconnector capacity will facilitate growth in renewable energy generation and bring greater security and resilience of electricity supply for the benefit of all customers.

“This new network interconnection will play a key role in decarbonising electricity and electrifying the energy sector in the most cost-effective way. It is crucial in helping the island of Ireland deliver a low carbon economy by 2050 and maximising the efficient development of renewable generation.

“Approximately 70% of electricity demand on the island lies east of a line from Cork to Belfast. This interconnector will provide the backbone for this corridor, and will increase our price competitiveness and our ability to attract foreign direct investment while delivering reduced costs for customers.”

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