MEP for Ireland South, and member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the European Parliament, Phil Prendergast, has announced a high level conference on pylons entitled ‘Upgrading the National Grid - European Best Practice and Alternative Options’.
The conference will run from 7pm to 10pm and will be held in the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny on Friday, February 14, 2014.
The conference will feature a number of distinguished speakers from the European public and private sector including the European Commission. The purpose of the event is to look at the situation across the European Union in relation to the upgrading of grid networks to examine best practice models and realistic alternatives. The conference will focus on a number of points: the costs and the benefits for local communities of high voltage underground networks; electro-magnetic fields and their potential impact on human and animal health; and the economic impact of pylons.