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Rolling blackouts… October 19, 2021

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About 6.20 yesterday evening the lights go out. Across a good swathe of East Wall, North Strand, Fairview and as far as I could tell into Clontarf. According to this report 15,000 homes were affected. They came back on at 7 or so – though the ESB app suggested that power woudln’t be reconnected until much later in Clontarf. The problem being the rather nebulous term ‘fault’.

Anyhow, that’s the first power cut – the first large scale one not involving a block or two, in many years. And it brought home the realities of what powercuts in the run-up to Christmas would be like. I couldn’t help thinking of all the people caught in the middle of preparing food or whatever. And while forty minutes is a small thing, how about a couple of hours, or more, and that with greater frequency continuing on and off over days or weeks or months.

Which brings home in a sense the political poison that powercuts would be for this, or any, government, but particularly this one – unloved as it appears to be.

The power failure comes amid warnings that the nation faces possible blackouts in the months ahead, with a gas shortage already crippling the neighboring U.K. and continental Europe. But the power blip on Monday was not related to the crisis. 

While blackouts are not expected, there could be unexpected incidents and system alerts, Ireland’s climate minister Eamon Ryan said last month.

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1. EWI - October 19, 2021

But sure, let’s add more data centres.

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Aonrud ⚘ - October 19, 2021

If you value progress, surely you see the necessity that we redirect our energy to storing a trace of your mouse movements on shopping websites, accidentally taken pictures of your shoes, and conclusions drawn about you from which of your friends’ profile pictures you’ve clicked on, in perpetuity? What Luddite wouldn’t accept the sacrifice of a few cold dinners?

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2. irishelectionliterature - October 19, 2021

Had a power cut recently during the morning, so I couldn’t work for a period. Prompted me to buy a decent torch and a camping gas stove for the inevitable.

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3. WorldbyStorm - October 19, 2021

Candles too.

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4. Jim Monaghan - October 19, 2021

Where are all the off shore wind power generators? It is decades since the one on the Arklow bank. When will thew interconnector to France function? There was/is a lot of talk about a smart grid, where has that gone. If we had planned and implemented the plans then there would not be a power problem.
I see that one of the data banks is going to supply a district heating scheme. Why is that not standard?
I am all for consultations, hearings etc. but we seem to have created a system of paralysis.

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Liberius - October 19, 2021

In Answer to the Celtic Interconnector question there is this from the EIrgrid website, it’s not going to be saving our energy bacon any time soon. I don’t think anything will, the persistent failure to build infrastructure has left us in a bad place in all sorts of way from housing to transport and energy.

Should the planning application be successful, the project will then enter the construction phase. This phase is due to start in 2022 and end in 2026.

http://www.eirgridgroup.com/the-grid/projects/celtic-interconnector/whats-happening-now/

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Liberius - October 19, 2021

I should add that quote is from the February 2021 update on that page.

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5. Klassenkampf Treehugger - October 19, 2021

Absurd that Ireland is not much further on with independent wind energy. There’s not exactly a shortage of wind. But I guess that would mean government intervention and investment beyond the sacred ‘market’.

An interconnector to mainland Europe is essential to bypass the politically unstable and probably hostile dUK. 2026 is a long time to wait.

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Liberius - October 19, 2021

Sometimes though there is a shortage of wind, last week there was a period of low wind generation starting in the evening of the 14th and bottoming out at 13:30 on the 15th with only 41MW of wind generation before rising to a peak of 2938MW at 19:15 on the 16th. Realistically this is why gas turbines are still going to be the spine of Ireland’s gird for decades to come.

http://smartgriddashboard.eirgrid.com/#all/wind

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