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Colman and Frank, only 10% of Irish Electricity is generated with Oil; Coal supports 30% and Gas 50%. This seems a typical modern setting without Nuclear, where Coal assures baseload and Gas load balancing. Oil kicks in only during high demand episodes.

Note also that Ireland only produces 10% of Gas it consumes.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Thu Apr 8th, 2010 at 10:06:57 AM EST
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The dearth in native gas production is partly caused by the Marathon gas field winding down and a new one off Mayo not being on stream yet.  As we have very little native Coal and declining peat resources, they're not an ideal base load sources.   Virtually all new capacity is coming from wind, with some R&D into wave energy. Provience has claimed significant Oil resources off the south Dublin coast - prompting some wags to proclaim that Northersiders are being discriminated against again.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Apr 9th, 2010 at 10:02:46 AM EST
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