Changing Time: Possible Effects on Peak Electricity Generation

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July 4, 2014 | ESRI Working Paper

Authors: Sara Crowley , John FitzGerald , Laura Malaguzzi Valeri

This article considers the possible effects on electricity costs of implementing The Brighter Evenings Bill, 2012, which would move Ireland to Central European Time (CET). The results suggest that such a change would produce very limited savings in peak demand for electricity and possibly some increase in off peak electricity costs. Moving time zone in the other direction would result in some limited savings on both counts. The effects of changing time zone on the cost of electricity would be likely to be small so that other considerations are likely to be more important in any such decision.

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