IDA warns against ‘draconian’ policy on data centre connections to national grid

The state agency said Ireland’s ‘success as a country’ is threatened when policies are misaligned

Ireland’s electricity grid has increasingly struggled to cope in recent times amid soaring demand, largely among data centre operators. Picture: Getty

There is an urgent need for Ireland to develop a clear policy for firms looking to connect to the country’s electricity grid, IDA Ireland has warned.

The state’s inward investment agency said Ireland’s foreign direct investment model had been successful, in part, due to its stable grid and “ability to meet enterprise demand”.

“Our success as a country is threatened when policies that are within our control are misaligned,” it added in a submission seen by the Business Post.