Baby, it’s cold outside: Electricity consumption hits record high

Irish Times | Dec 5, 2020 at 6:55 AM
  • Christmas lights, cold weather and data centres helped drive electricity consumption in the Republic to a new record of more than 5,100 megawatts (MW) on Thursday, official figures show.
  • There are now 66 data centres operating in the Republic, which, at full capacity, require a total of 834 MW, the equivalent of two power plants.
  • Government targets require that renewable energy is used to generate 70 per cent of the electricity used in the Republic by 2030.