Thursday 22 February 2018

Appeals board to quiz Amazon on energy

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Gordon Deegan

An Bord Pleanála is to quiz Irish bosses at online giant Amazon over the potential impact of its planned €1bn Dublin data centre on the country's energy supply.

Next Tuesday the appeals board is to hold an oral hearing into Amazon's planning application for a 223,000 sq ft data centre in Mulhuddart in north Dublin.

The 233,000 sq ft centre is the first phase of a master plan for the 26-hectare site where Amazon may build seven more data centres.

In advance of the hearing, An Bord Pleanála has published a note advising that it will be asking Amazon to address the cumulative energy usage arising from the build out of the indicative master-plan for data centre expansion and anticipated data centre development in Ireland.

The appeals board has also asked Amazon to talk about the cumulative energy usage from the build out of the masterplan and how its anticipated data centre development in Ireland will impact the State's obligations on climate change, energy use and carbon emissions.

The appeals board said it will ask Amazon about the absence of a policy framework specifically concerning data centres, especially in view of the high energy demands of data centre facilities and Ireland's energy policy context.

Amazon is to be also asked about the projected timeframe for implementation of its masterplan in view of the company's growth projections in cloud computing services.

Irish Independent

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