Will power-hungry data centres starve the rest of Ireland?
With demand for electricity set to surge by 50 per cent by 2030, we will be hard pushed to meet our 70 per cent renewables targets, or even to meet our basic energy needs
Ireland has many climate and energy targets, but the one that has been repeated most often and with most confidence is that our electricity supply will come from 70 per cent renewable sources by 2030.
Yet last week, with just nine years left on the clock, the company which operates the national grid released a report showing that this was by no means a certainty.
In its Shaping Our Electricity Future document, Eirgrid highlighted four scenarios for...
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