New report says national grid at highest risk of blackouts for years

Eirgrid’s winter outlook also says our electricity system will be operating at double the maximum safety threshold for potential loss of power

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
17th October, 2021
New report says national grid at highest risk of blackouts for years
The standard set by the CRU is for the LOLE not to exceed eight hours. This winter, the expectation is for 17.4 hours, according to Eirgrid.

Ireland’s electricity system will enter this winter at the highest risk of blackouts in many years, and will operate at double the maximum safety threshold for potential loss of power set by the regulator, according to a new report.

The winter outlook is published every autumn by Eirgrid, the electricity grid operator. It summarises the amount of power demand versus the projected availability of power generation over the five months from November to...

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