Editorial: Our electricity grid crisis has been a long time in the making

The rise in electricity demand for data centres, the retirement of older power stations and an increasing volume of variable renewable energy on the grid are all coming together to form a perfect storm

30th May, 2021
Editorial: Our electricity grid crisis has been a long time in the making
Electricity: We have reached the point where it is all hands on deck just to keep the lights on. Picture: iStock

Though it is not the fault of the current administration, it is ironic that the first Green Party energy minister in over a decade may be overseeing a growth in electricity sector carbon emissions while the country’s electricity grid is at its most unstable in ten years.

As reported in today’s Business Post, the number of system alerts warning of potential electricity shortages on the national grid has risen significantly in the last...

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