Like Singapore, new power supply regulations in Ireland to affect 30 data centres
Published 10 June 2021
As many as thirty data centres in Ireland are expected to be affected as regulators in Ireland propose to limit power supply in the country.
Applications from data centres to grid operators in Ireland are in such demand that they are putting a strain on the country’s national power supply.
According to the Irish Times, Ireland’s Commission for Regulation if Utilities (CRU) has notified national grid operators Eirgrid and ESB Networks to “prioritise applications for connections to the electricity system from data centres in locations where power supplies are not squeezed.”
Putting a Pause on Data Centre Development
Eirgrid’s Group Head of Regulation, Bill Thompson, confirmed in a letter that the company is facing “a more acute security of supply situation than [it has] had in the recent past.”
Thompson states that the rate at which data centres are seeking to grow their load is “unprecedented”, further citing Singapore as being the latest country to halt data centre development.
In early May, Singapore announced a moratorium on new data centres due to similar concerns about intensive electricity and water use, as well as land use.
For one of the largest data centre markets in the Asia-Pacific, Singapore’s decision may pose a short term stagnation to the country’s data centre growth. There are about 60 data centres in the island nation with a carbon footprint of 357 Megawatts (MW).
Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said that the government will seek to explore more resource efficient alternatives in the meantime.
The CRU in Ireland is also of the view that “intervention is necessary and appropriate.”