Ireland's transmission system operator Eirgrid has applied to planning board An Bord Pleanala for consent to construct a 500 MW subsea interconnector with the UK. This will enable the growth of wind energy in Ireland and allow it to export renewable power to its neighbour. The cables will connect Rush in County Dublin with Deeside in north Wales. The project is currently in a public procurement process and Eirgrid says that if approval is granted, construction could begin as early as 2009. According to Eirgrid, further interconnectors with the UK, or with Europe, will be needed to enable the system to accommodate the country's renewables target, which has just been increased to 40%.
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