Energy

Cabinet gives green light for more data centres despite energy concerns

Government says new policy statement amounts to a ‘slightly tighter set of regulations’ on new developments

Data centres now account for 14 per cent of electricity consumption in Ireland at a time of increasing concerns about power shortages. Picture: Getty

The cabinet has moved to reassure multi-nationals that there will be no ban on the development of new data centres here.

The issue has been politically controversial because data centres now account for 14 per cent of electricity consumption here at a time of increasing fears about power shortages.

However, the government is adamant that there can be no ban on connecting new data centres to the electricity grid because it believes they are a key factor in attracting new multi-national investment and retaining jobs in existing multinationals.