More data centres mean Ireland cannot meet 51% climate target

New Eirgrid figures show data centres needing 70 per cent of the country’s peak electricity demand are operating or are due to be

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
13th June, 2021
More data centres mean Ireland cannot meet 51% climate target
Government officials have privately conceded that if all the requested data centres are to be connected then Ireland will not reach its 51 per cent reduction targets by 2030, and therefore data centre policy will have to change.

The government is facing a choice between continuing to allow the expansion of the data centre sector or meeting the climate targets it is currently trying to have written into law, an analysis by the Business Post shows.

New figures released by Eirgrid last week show that data centres amounting to 3,800 megawatts (MW) worth of energy demand are now requesting connection or are already connected to the power grid, which is nearly...

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