According to Gas Networks Ireland, gas demand rose 5 per cent in July compared to June and 10 per cent year-on-year, despite the warmer weather.
as demand for air travel nearly doubled in July compared to July 2021, while demand also increased in leisure and sports facilities (39 percent), retail (35 percent) and hotels (20 percent) year-on-year.
Many public health restrictions were still in effect in July 2021.
While overall gas demand rose, it fell 39 percent in residential, 30 percent in offices, 27 percent in construction and 20 percent in education compared to June.
With light month winds, gas generated 62 per cent of Ireland’s electricity in July, up 12 per cent over June but down slightly compared to the same month in 2021.
It provided 85 percent of the country’s electricity at peak times and never fell below 24 percent in July.
The amount of electricity generated by wind decreased by 28 percent compared to June, but increased by 52 percent compared to July 2021.
While it peaked at 65 percent, wind supply declined almost entirely, contributing less than 1 percent to power generation at times.
Coal contributed 11 per cent to Irish electricity production in July, more than double that of June, with a peak of 21 per cent.
“July was not a very windy month, so it is not surprising that the amount of electricity generated by both gas and coal is increasing and the amount generated by wind power is decreasing,” said Brian Mullins, Gas’s head of regulatory affairs Networks Ireland.
“Gas is the ideal partner for weather-dependent renewables. Being able to harness wind energy when it is available and back it up with the flexibility and reliability of gas when it is not, provides a secure and complete energy system for the people of Ireland.”
The news comes as online retail giant Amazon received planning permission for two new data centers in north Dublin, despite objections from environmental groups it would put further pressure on limited energy supplies.
Official figures show that data centers accounted for 14 percent of the country’s total electricity needs last year, and estimates say they could account for 29 percent by 2028.
Earlier this year, Eirgrid said it would not deploy new grid connections to data centers in the Dublin area until 2028 due to capacity constraints.
Ireland has been exempted from an EU plan to cut gas consumption ahead of a possible winter crisis due to Russia’s war in Ukraine and its dwindling supplies to mainland Europe.
Germany’s energy regulator told the Financial Times over the weekend that the country must cut its gas consumption by a fifth to avoid shortages this winter.
Mr Mullins said that replacing natural gas with domestic renewable gases such as biomethane and hydrogen “can significantly reduce emissions in a number of key sectors while further improving Ireland’s energy security and diversity”.
https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/gas-demand-up-in-july-despite-warmer-weather-41912296.html Gas demand up in July despite warmer weather