Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade

This project will add a high-capacity 400 kV underground electricity connection between Dunstown substation in Kildare and Woodland substation in Meath.

Project Overview

The Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade (or Capital Project 966) will add a high-capacity 400 kV (kilovolt) underground electricity connection between Dunstown substation in Co Kildare and Woodland substation in Co Meath. 

The upgrade will help to move electricity more effectively to the east of the country. It will also allow us to better distribute it within the electricity grid in Meath, Kildare and surrounding counties.

Kildare Meath project area

Benefits of the Project

Climate Targets

The project is essential to assist Ireland in achieving our climate action targets. The Government's target is to have 80% of electricity coming from renewable sources by 2030. Bringing electricity from onshore and offshore wind sources is critical to this target.

Meeting Energy Demand

It will also help meet the area's growing demand for electricity. This growth is due to:

  • Increased economic development and population growth
  • The planned connection of new large-scale IT industry infrastructure in the region 

Securing Our Electricity Supply

Much of our electricity is generated in the south and south-west of the country, where there are wind farms and modern electricity generators. The power they generate needs to be transported to where it is needed. 

Power is currently transported across the country on two high-voltage power lines. These run from Moneypoint in Co Clare to the Dunstown substation in Co Kildare and Woodland substation in Co Meath. 

Transporting more electricity on these lines could cause electricity supply problems throughout Ireland. This is particularly true if one of the lines is lost or out-of-use unexpectedly. This project will help to minimise this risk.

Where Are We Now?

We are now at Step 5 of the Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade - Applying for planning permission.

When progressing grid development projects, we follow a six-step approach, ensuring each step is clear and identifiable.

Project Contacts

Project Manager

Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade Manager The Oval 160 Shelbourne Road Ballsbridge Dublin 4 Email: kildaremeath@eirgrid.com Phone: +353 1 23 70472

Community Liaison Officers

Gráinne Duffy: +353 85 887 4798 Eoghan O'Sullivan: +353 87 247 7732

Community Forum

The Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade community forum brings together people and organisations from the study area. It ensures that stakeholders and community views are understood and considered as we deliver the project. It gives a voice to local communities and those impacted most by our infrastructure. The forum provides for open dialogue between the project teams and stakeholders.

The forum offers advice to us on key project developments such as:

  • How we communicate and engage with the public
  • What we need to consider in developing the project
  • How we can deliver meaningful community benefit to the area where our infrastructure is hosted

Development Perspectives, an Irish non-governmental organisation, are the independent chair of the forum.


In June 2021 we held an information evening about the setup of this community forum. Following this, we opened a public nomination period where community groups were invited to express an interest in becoming members of the forum.

In addition, we invited Kildare County Council and Meath County Council to nominate an elected representative from each county council to the forum.

Membership of this forum is evolving since its formation. If you are interested in become a member, please contact your Community Liaison Officers in the area:

Grainne.duffy@eirgrid.com or Eoghan.osullivan@eirgrid.com.

Project Links and Documents

Below are documents about the Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade. We use a six-step process for developing new projects. These documents are organised based on the step of the project they refer to, with the most recent news appearing first.

Step 5 Summary of engagement with the public and stakeholders

Step 4 Best Performing Option Update Documents

Step 4 consultations documents - update

Step 4 consultation documents. Where exactly will we build?

Step 3 outcome documents

Step 3 documents. What is the best option and what area may be affected?

Published for Consultation Phase:
Published for Information Phase:
  1. Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade Step 3 Brochure Summer 2020
  2. Confirmation of need for the Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade in Step 3
  3. Environmental Constraints Report
  4. Draft Strategic Social Impact Assessment Scoping Report
  5. Cable integration studies for the Kildare-Meath Grid Upgrade
  6. Cable route feasibility report
  7. Various feasibility reports:
  8. Various drawings:

Visit the Project Microsite

Step 2 documents

Step 1 documents

To make a submission on this project, go to our Contact page and fill in the required fields using the dropdown 'Capital Project 966'. Your submission can be entered into the text box on the contact form. Please note, there is a limit of 4000 characters.

Have Your Say: How we develop the electricity grid, and how you can influence our plans.


Community Forum minutes of meetings