Government to revise policy on data centres after push from tech giants

Google, Amazon and Microsoft have urged the state to support plans for their continued expansion, in spite of the energy regulator’s warnings of ‘rolling blackouts’

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
26th September, 2021
Government to revise policy on data centres after push from tech giants
There has been a dramatic growth in the power needs of the data centre sector in recent years, and this is projected to increase in the coming years

The government is to produce a revised policy statement on data centres taking account of “new regulatory developments, ongoing challenges and potential opportunities facing the sector”, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said.

It comes following calls for such a move by Google, Amazon and Microsoft. The three tech giants recently urged the government to clarify its position on data centres and to express clear support for their continued expansion.

They also called...

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