Ireland rues mistakes of the past as it struggles to keep the lights on

Posted: February 28, 2023 by oldbrew in Energy, government, ideology, Incompetence
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No surprise to find that ‘Surging demand and insecure supply has left the country vulnerable indefinitely’, after years of climate-driven policies on electricity supply. The self-induced emergency has led to desperate measures like these ‘effectively jet engines’. Another case of replacing what worked with what sounded good.
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Back-up power generators have started to arrive in Ireland to help it keep the lights on during the next few winters, reports The Telegraph.

The mobile turbines, described as “effectively jet engines”, are set to be installed in areas including Dublin and nearby County Meath.

The €350m (£308m) temporary capacity was ordered by environment minister Eamon Ryan last year as a “last resort”, after regulators flagged a looming shortfall in generation.

“This is an electricity emergency,” minister of state Ossian Smyth told its parliament in October.

“It is a national scandal,” retorted Darren O’Rourke, the Teachta Dála for Meath East.

Fears of blackouts across Europe and the UK this winter – first sparked by market turmoil linked to Russia’s war on Ukraine – have started to recede as spring looms.

Yet concerns about the future remain: in Ireland, surging demand for electricity and the closure of ageing gas-fired power stations have left the country vulnerable next winter and beyond.

Critics have also warned that Ireland is becoming too reliant on imports of gas, as domestic fossil fuel generation is sidelined in pursuit of green goals.

Full report here.
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Report: Government to spend €350m on ‘jet engines’ to supply emergency electricity in the event of power outages (Oct. 2022)

Quote: “These are effectively jet engines,” Environment Minister Eamon Ryan said. “You put a transformer on them and a fuel supply attached to them.” He described their purchase as a “last resort”.

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  2. saighdear says:

    ! didn’t I just read somewhere in past few days that Ireland was about to become some great, bigger than a Tiger, economy ? toofliss maybe then , eh? Dunno why they didn’t just get some batteries: but as Paddy once told us, there’s likely to be more life in a bottle of aspirins.

  3. MrGrimNasty says:

    Oh for peat’s sake!

  4. brianrlcatt says:

    What happens when politicians make decisions on things they know nothing about. Especially when they get their policies from the UN, and put them into law for fast crony subsidy bucks without ANY thought given by anyone qualified. Anything is possible when you understand nothing, and ignore those who do understand.

    No subidies in that.

    The people in power are entirely culpable and responsible. Also corrupt in many cases. And of course, this is the reversal of economic development in the West that Agenda 21 was designed to achieve.

  5. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Jet engines save the day! Net zero is a very stupid idea.

  6. Peter Mander says:

    Mobile turbines eh. Jet engines produce lots of thrust so they could become very mobile indeed if the handbrake isn’t on.

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