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

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
14th March, 2021
Will power-hungry data centres starve the rest of Ireland?
Considering that the developer-led model is the one that exists in Ireland today, the firm’s message was simple: if we continue to do what we’re doing, we will not hit the 2030 targets

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...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Currency

What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Related Stories

Podcast: Five Degrees of Change — Ed Brophy

Amount of renewable energy declared by providers substantially higher than official figures

Michael Dorsey: ‘We have to build our infrastructure with a mind to future calamities’

Five Degrees: ‘If you look to the future, financial stability will be based on managing climate risks’