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The risk of power outages is very high

The risk of power outages is very high

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Ireland It is a popular site for big tech companies. There are EU rules for aggregate It is rather loosely laid. Large international corporations are well behaved here when it comes to tax law.

Meanwhile, Ireland has more 70 data centers And more planned. But now the operator of the state transport system is moving AirGrid Emergency brake. network at max.

There is no strength for Microsoft and Amazon

Additional data centers will jeopardize network stability a lot, according to reports times. As a result, no new permits will be issued for data centers. In addition, construction projects that have already been approved by other Irish authorities will not receive communication from EirGrid. This includes a $2 billion project by Amazon and 2 data centers from Microsoft. The American group received construction permits for these in 2021 – it was supposed to start operations in 2023.

According to EirGrid, the data center will use a lot of electricity 80,000 families Consume. Currently 11 percent Of all Ireland’s electricity needs come from data centers – if this continues, it will be 30 per cent by 2029, according to EirGrid.

Before year 2028 EirGrid will not approve network connections to data centers in and around Dublin. The Irish capital is the most popular location for data centers, and the new facilities from Microsoft and Amazon were supposed to be built there. Thus, the Dublin power grid is particularly vulnerable to the risk of blackouts. If overloaded, it could cause a chain reaction and shut down the power grid in large parts of Ireland.

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Amazon wants to go to London instead

According to the Times report, Amazon and Microsoft don’t want to wait that long. Amazon wants its new data center in London to construct. Microsoft is studying locations in London, Frankfurt and Madrid.

How long London is still possible as a location is questionable. In some parts of the city, a construction freeze on new apartment buildings was issued until 2035 because the data centers there put too much strain on the power grid.