‘You see certain things before catastrophic power failures, and Ireland ticks all the boxes’
While a larger volume of energy coming from renewables such as wind is good news, the massive growth in energy demand from data centres and the simultaneous phasing out of old power plants may be more than our grid can manage
It was mid-morning on Monday, May 17 when power plants around Ireland were asked to immediately switch on any spare electricity generators they had. The message was clear: the country’s electricity supply was running out and the market would need all hands on deck if blackouts were to be avoided.
This so called “system alert” from the Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO) was just the latest in a flurry of six over the last...
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The nuclear option: Amid an energy supply deficit could small new-generation reactors work in Ireland?
It’s been a generation since the anti-nuclear protests at Carnsore Poin helped to scupper plans for a nuclear reactor in Ireland and made the production of nuclear energy here illegal. But times have changed and even Green Party leader Eamon Ryan says we should look at the nuclear options for sustainable power