Fairy lights put pressure on electricity capacity

Christmas fairy lights on houses and streets throughout the country are consuming almost half the electricity produced by a 400-megawatt generation plant, according to industry experts.

2nd December, 2006

Christmas fairy lights on houses and streets throughout the country are consuming almost half the electricity produced by a 400-megawatt generation plant, according to industry experts.

Demand for electricity peaks between December 21 and January 5, but drops to lower rates on Christmas Eve and over the new year holidays, when factories and other workplaces are closed.

EirGrid, which operates the national electricity grid, is warning that improvements are needed in the performance of power stations in...

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