Serious questions need to be addressed now as to whether or not Mayo has adequate capacity on the grid to export renewable energy into the future.
A planning application is about to be submitted for another new wind farm in north Mayo. Sheskin South Wind farm plan to locate a new development in the Ballycastle area, and a representative of the company addressed the monthly meeting of West Mayo Municipal District outlining details of its plan.
The representative indicated concerns about the capacity of the grid to export the level of renewable energy that will be generated in county Mayo into the future.
In response, Westport based Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn has called on Eirgrid to address the next meeting of the Municipal District and explain if there is adequate grid capacity in light of the many wind, solar and wave energy developments underway or planned between now and 2030, in the county.
He says Eirgrid had assured councillors, within the past year, that the development of the 110KV line between Ballina and Ballaghaderreen will be adequate for the county’s energy requirements, but the councillor says greater details on the capacity now need to be addressed.
Cllr Flynn has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about his concerns.