Analysis: Eirgrid finally moves to curb over-demand on energy supplies

Why did it take so long for the government and its energy regulator to realise that the data sector’s energy demands were unsustainable?

If the numbers show that continuing the extraordinary expansion in power demand from data centres will risk energy supply, then it is in nobody’s interest to continue with that policy. Picture: Getty

It was only a month and a half ago that the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) published its final decision on managing the extraordinary growth in power demand from data centres.

It came following multiple opposition Dáil motions that considered imposing a moratorium on the building of any new such facilities, due to the evident risk that the sector posed to the country’s power supply and its carbon emissions targets. The government was scathing ...