Saturday 16 November 2019

Sizzling Taylor sparks huge drop in electricity demand as 1.1m tune in

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

OVER a million people put their dinner on hold to watch boxer Katie Taylor take Olympic gold on Thursday.

National grid operator EirGrid said yesterday that power demand dropped by 6pc during her victorious Olympic final bout.

Power demand has not dropped so much since 2007 when Ireland took on England in the famous Six Nations clash at Croke Park.

The penalty shoot-out between the Republic of Ireland and Romania in Italia '90 caused similar falls.

"The excitement, tension and then elation after Katie's victory caused people to temporarily change their usage of power in a significant and measurable way," he said.

Demand fell by 205 megawatts -- the equivalent of the daily electricity usage of over 130,000 homes.

RTE said 1.1 million viewers tuned in at home to watch Katie win gold, but the figures do not include audiences at public venues including Bray, in workplaces, pubs or online. However, the figures pale in comparison with the Republic of Ireland's opening match in Euro 2012 in June, which attracted record audiences of 2.03m people.

Irish Independent

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