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Draft PPS18: Renewable Energy
Annex 1: Other Authorisations/Consents

Grid Connection

A124. Where the works required to connect the wind farm to the local electricity distribution network are not permitted under the General Development Order it will be necessary to submit a separate planning application11. Either NIE or the wind farm developer may make such an application. Developers should provide information on the most likely route and method for the grid connection (overground or underground) to the wind farm with their planning application and as part of any EIA. The connection of the wind farm to the electricity grid forms an intrinsic part of the project and both can be considered together.
11 Please note responsibility for determining consent and granting deemed planning permission for the installation of overhead lines which have a nominal voltage of over 20 kilovolts associated with wind farms is planned to transfer to the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment.
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