Eirgrid has announced that it is to reduce the plans for Gridwest - a power route running through Mayo and Roscommon that was to connect large amounts of renewable energy to the grid.

Eirgrid’s Director of External Affairs Rosemary Steen said the company has changed its whole approach and wants to work with communities to develop acceptable solutions that also meet policy requirements.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, she said that Eirgrid had originally planned to connect approx 650 megawatts of wind to the grid, by what is termed an "extra high voltage solution" via a 100km transmission circuit from Moyganna in north Mayo to Flagford in Roscommon.

Ms Steen said the need for that project has been reviewed and now that the wind capacity has dropped to 300 megawatts in terms of generators in the area, a high voltage solution is no longer required.

She said the decision was based on a lot of feedback from the region and from stakeholders who were keen to move ahead with project.

She added Eirgrid planned to consult next year and hope it will be technically viable and acceptable to the public when planning permission is sought in 2019.