Eirgrid almost ran short of electricity last week

Zenith63

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... in fact the concern is that Ireland will be seen as an unreliable electricity supplier to the big Pharma and IT industries here if we continue to have these orange alerts. The hard reality of power and energy is pushing up against ideology and government tokenism.
One of the biggest consumers of that pharma/IT ilk is Amazon, who have committed to 100% renewable energy and are actively investing in solar and wind farm in Ireland. Might suggest they are not quite so concerned?
 

joe sod

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The irish academy of engineers have issued a report on the security of the irish electricity network upto 2030. In their opinion we will need to increase the gas generating capacity and build new power stations in order to maintain the reliability of the grid. They also warned about the wisdom of not looking for new gas supplies off the irish coast as we will be highly dependant on russian gas as the UK gas supplies will also be gone by 2030. here is an excerpt


Conclusions and Recommendations
In order to maintain normal reliability standards while replacing coal, oil and peat generation, Ireland will require significant gas fired generation capacity for the next two decades. The gas turbine generation capacity required in 2030 is likely to increase from today, but annual gas consumption will probably reduce as generating units will operate with lower load factors, but peak gas demand, for power generation will be significantly higher than today. Power system reliability is therefore critically dependent on secure primary energy supplies (Natural Gas) to the Island of Ireland.

Power system reliability becomes an Energy Security issue.

There is universal agreement that long term decarbonisation of the planet’s energy systems requires a major shift to electricity as an energy vector. Ireland has targeted nine hundred thousand Electric Vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2030 as well as six hundred thousand domestic heat pumps. In this context, a failure of the power system would have a catastrophic effect on normal economic life.
 

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At least we are consistent; we export our environmental pollution by preventing the production of dirty products here but still import them from abroad. Now we have a long term strategy to enable a police state which actively seeks to damage our interests and undermine out freedoms.
 

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At least we are consistent; we export our environmental pollution by preventing the production of dirty products here but still import them from abroad. Now we have a long term strategy to enable a police state which actively seeks to damage our interests and undermine out freedoms.
Yes, we're really treated like Uyghurs here. NOT.
 

Purple

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Yes, we're really treated like Uyghurs here. NOT.
What?

I'm talking about giving Russia a strategic lever which it can use to control EU foreign policy. We are overwhelmingly reliant on them for our supply of natural gas and have adopted policies which only strengthens their position.
There's no environmental value of stopping the search for hydrocarbons within our territorial waters if we continue to burn imported hydrocarbons. There is considerable geopolitical damage when our primary source for those hydrocarbons is a police state which actively seeks to damage us.
I take from your username that you have some sympathy for dictators but I'm a fan of free democracies.
 
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Zenith63

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What?

I'm talking about giving Russia a strategic level which it can use to control EU foreign policy. We are overwhelmingly reliant on them for our supply of natural gas and have adopted policies which only strengthens their position.
There's no environmental value of stopping the search for hydrocarbons within our territorial waters if we continue to burn imported hydrocarbons. There is considerable geopolitical damage when our primary source for those hydrocarbons is a police state which actively seeks to damage us.
I take from your username that you have some sympathy for dictators but I'm a fan of free democracies.
I think fidelcastro may have misread your original post the same way I did. I thought you were implying Ireland was becoming a police state (lockdowns, mandatory quarantine etc), it's a common narrative in the press at the moment. Makes a lot more sense now and I fully agree with you!
 

fidelcastro

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I think fidelcastro may have misread your original post the same way I did. I thought you were implying Ireland was becoming a police state (lockdowns, mandatory quarantine etc), it's a common narrative in the press at the moment. Makes a lot more sense now and I fully agree with you!
Purple, excellent post. I misread your intent same as Zenith..!
No sympathy for dictatorships but also against hard core capitalism aswell. For common sense social justice economics as practiced/ impremented by wealthiest countries of the world viz : nordics..
 
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