Use of dirtier power plans ‘unpalatable’ but necessary due to supply warnings

Eirgrid has told an Oireachtas committee that Ireland’s power supply will hold up this winter barring a ‘force majeure’ scenario

5th October, 2021
Use of dirtier power plans ‘unpalatable’ but necessary due to supply warnings
Mark Foley, Eirgrid’s chief executive, wrote in his opening statement that an extended period of no wind could cause ‘tightness’ in the power supply. Picture: Aidan Crawley

The short-term retention of dirtier power plants to stave off power shortages represents an “unpalatable” but necessary move in the face of fears over Ireland’s electricity supply, Eirgrid has said.

The electricity grid operator today told an Oireachtas committee that Ireland’s power supply will hold up this winter barring a “force majeure” scenario after urgent contingency measures were implemented following warnings of shortages.

But Mark Foley, Eirgrid’s...

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