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Monday 6 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Eirgrid

Last year
2022
THE MORNING LEAD
Staff shortages leave energy regulator scrambling to keep the lights on
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy reveals the CRU needs almost 70 more staff to deliver on its security of supply and climate roles.
Core work of the energy regulator ‘frequently delayed by a lack of staff’, Government told
Concerns over staff burnout repeatedly raised by the regulator’s risk committee
Tánaiste says to prepare for risk of amber alerts in the run-up to Christmas
# Lightning
'No impact on the grid' after wind turbine catches fire during lightning storm off Wicklow coast
A vessel reported seeing a wind turbine on fire at around 12 noon yesterday.
# emergency power
Government formally submits application for second emergency power station in Dublin
The proposed Huntstown facility is expected to provide approximately 50 megawatts to the Irish grid.
The proposed Huntstown facility is expected to provide approximately 50 megawatts to the Irish grid.
EirGrid has predicted that Ireland will face electricity shortages over the next ten years.
Electricity demand is expected to rise, particularly with the increase in number of data centres in Ireland.
Bríd Smith: Expansion of data centres is not going to help our serious energy woes
EirGrid raises concern over 'significant' electricity supply issues
Voices
Bríd Smith: Expansion of data centres is not going to help our serious energy woes
The People Before Profit TD says our fondness for data centres is driven by misplaced servility to the whims of corporates.
# generation shortfall
EirGrid raises concern over 'significant' electricity supply issues
The operator has said that the number of system alerts will likely increase, particularly with generators leaving the market.
# Energy Crisis
Risk of electricity blackouts in Ireland ‘slightly worse’ than last winter, committee hears
Eamon Ryan is appearing before the Committee this afternoon alongside Eirgrid and the Commission for Regulation of Utilities.
# Energy Crisis
'Enough is enough': Cowen says those responsible for energy crisis must be held accountable
The Department, EirGrid and CRU are ‘all asleep at the wheel’, the Fianna Fáil TD told The Journal.
# Electricity supply
Eirgrid declares Utilities Commission system a 'failure'
Eirgrid made the comments in a statement released tonight.
# amber alert
No immediate risk of blackouts as two system alerts issued by EirGrid in last 24 hours
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that the Government was acting to prevent blackouts from occurring this winter.
# Power
Energy reliance on Russia is 'glaring' mistake but price volatility predates war - Irish report
Dramatic changes in energy prices were a problem even before Russia’s war on Ukraine, the report says.
All time
# Power trip
Two big power stations disconnected from the national grid on Monday night in rare 'one-off' event
The national grid operator said two power stations tripping almost simultaneously is a rare, “one-off” event.
The 'tripping' of the two stations resulted in the loss of 820 megawatts of power to the grid.
This was the equivalent of 20% of the total national demand for electricity at that time.
A spokesperson for EirGrid said the incident was unrelated to ongoing issues around security of electricity supply.
# winter power supply
Eamon Ryan did not sanction €10m emergency power contract payment, says spokesperson
The Dáil heard claims that EirGrid made a €10 million payment to ESB for a contract that was never completed.
# Eirgrid
New plan outlines how Ireland will ramp up its renewable electricity by 2030
As part of the Climate Action Plan, Ireland needs to reduce emissions from electricity by between 62% and 81% this decade.
# esb and eirgrid
'How did this happen?' Dáil hears further concerns about €10m emergency power contract payment
Last week, TD Barry Cowen alleged that the ESB may have “orchestrated” the current energy crisis for its own benefit.
# energy costs
Barry Cowen claims the ESB may have ‘orchestrated’ the current energy crisis
Cowen asked why the ESB is being rewarded “handsomely despite exacerbating the supply shortage”.
# ELECTRICITY DEMAND
Varadkar 'confident' there'll be no winter blackouts 'but nobody can guarantee it'
Questions around the security of Ireland’s electricity supply have been brought into sharp focus.
# energy crunch
Winters of discontent? Why EirGrid is highlighting its concerns about potential power shortages
Data centres and the closure of fossil fuel-fired power stations have something to do with it.
# Power Supply
Major report from Eirgrid says Ireland may have electricity shortages over next five winters
Minister Eamon Ryan said this morning that the government can’t be “absolutely certain” blackouts won’t occur.
Eirgrid points to surge in demand for electricity and a fall in energy sources in new report.
Minister for Environment Eamon Ryan says energy supplies will be "tight" in the coming years.
Commission for Regulation of Utilities suggests lifespan of coal and oil-burning plants may be extended to fix problem.
Supply and demand: What's behind the surge in Irish and European energy prices this year?
# blackouts
Electricity supply interruptions could have 'huge' impact on Irish society, expert warns
John Fitzgerald’s comments come after concerns were raised recently about potential blackouts this winter.
# supply and demand
'Amber alert' issued by Eirgrid as electricity system comes under pressure to meet demand
The warning came as Eirgrid are set to close two peat-fueled power plants in the Midlands.
# Feature
When it comes to Ireland's sustainable energy, creating simplicity could prove complex
The government has some ambitious targets for 2030 – but industry has plenty of work to do.
# Pylons
Government says overground option for North-South interconnector will go ahead as planned
The Minister for Communications confirmed that the interconnector would be constructed even in the event of a hard Brexit.
# Eirgrid
Kildare hold their nerve to put Mayo to the sword and claim first ever All-Ireland U20 title
Kildare held out in Croke Park despite a dramatic late Ryan O’Donoghue free-kick to defeat Mayo on Sunday.
# finalists
Mayo see off resilient Derry challenge to book All-Ireland U20 football final spot
Goals from Ryan O’Donoghue and Paul Lambert saw Mayo book their place in this year’s EirGrid All-Ireland U20 football final.
# Champions
Mayo crowned EirGrid Connacht U20 champions as Rossies suffer 16 point defeat
Mayo claimed their first ever Connacht U20 championship at Dr Hyde Park on Sunday with a landslide win.
# N-S Interconnector
Controversial electricity pylon plan takes big leap forward but some people aren't happy
The plan would link electricity stations in Meath and Tyrone.
# resource and energy
Data centres are making energy demands shoot up in Ireland
The trend is putting the state on a collision course with the EU over renewable-energy targets.
# dethroning
Last year's All-Ireland U21 champions Mayo knocked out of Connacht by Galway
Eoin Finnerty scored a goal from the bench and sealed the win.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is Regina Doherty right to say she didn't support the use of civil disobedience?
The Government Chief Whip denies having made some controversial comments. We put that claim to the test.
# Interconnector
Anti-pylon group warns Shell to Sea debacle 'will look like a walk in the park'
The North East Pylon Pressure Campaign said communities will not stand by while hundreds of pylons are built across Meath, Cavan and Monaghan.
# Pylons
After years of campaigning, pylons in Lucan and Adamstown are being moved
A timeline for the construction says the substation will be operational by 2018/2019.
# green and red
Mayo claim All-Ireland U21 title with clinical 5-goal defeat of Cork
Liam Irwin scored two goals as the westerners won their first title at this age level since 2006.
AS IT HAPPENED
Cork v Mayo, U21 All-Ireland football final
Would the Clarke Cup be heading south or west? We followed all the action from Cusack Park.
# Western Glory
'We're not focusing on any other team. We're trying to write our own history'
The EirGrid U21 All-Ireland championship is set to come to a thrilling conclusion this weekend as Mayo and Cork battle for the Clarke Cup.
# Team news
Cork name team for U21 All-Ireland football final against Mayo
The two sides meet at Cusack Park.
# Drama
Mayo win breathless Connacht U21 final to claim first title since '09
Liam Irwin notched 1 – 3 for Mayo as they battled back to beat Roscommon by a point.
# Rising Stars
Three senior players in Cork team for Munster U21 opener against Clare
Rebels boss Sean Hayes has named his team for Wednesday’s clash against Clare.
# power grid
Eirgrid spent €2.7 million on legal fees in the last five years
For 2014/2015 alone the company paid out €747,390 for legal services.
# Pylon the pressure
Remember the controversial Cork-Kildare power line plan? It's being scrapped
The Grid Link project had been heavily criticised by anti-pylon protesters.
# Award Winner
After landing U21 football award, Tipperary star set for U21 hurling campaign
Colin O’Riordan was voted the best U21 footballer for 2015 last year.