Who pays for renewables? Increasing renewable subsidisation due to increased datacentre demand in Ireland

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June 15, 2017 | ESRI Working Paper

cover page Authors: Muireann Á Lynch , Mel Devine

Demand from datacentres makes up a rapidly growing portion of electricity demand in Ireland. Increased demand in turn gives rise to increased renewable generation, mandated by government targets, and a corresponding increase in subsidisation levels. The current method of apportioning renewable subsidy costs may lead to consumers other than datacentres bearing this excess cost of subsidisation. This letter calculates the expected impact on these consumers.

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