Data centre curbs show political importance of keeping lights on

Inside Politics: Tech companies that own data centres will in future have to provide their own emergency power supplies

New data centres will be required to cut their consumption of power if required as part of efforts by grid operators to boost the security of supply. Image: iStock

New data centres will be required to cut their consumption of power if required as part of efforts by grid operators to boost the security of supply. Image: iStock

In recent months senior Government figures from Taoiseach Micheál Martin down moved to reassure the public that electricity blackouts would be avoided this winter.

Low winds leading to less power generation by turbines as well as the need to take some power plants offline for repairs led to concerns over the electricity supply during the months of increased demand.

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