Ireland could be facing electricity shortages over coming years because of rising demand and the closure of older power plants, according to a report from EirGrid.
Power disruptions come in two forms – blackouts and brownouts.
What is a blackout?
A blackout is a complete disruption to power supply within a service area. Blackouts come without warning and can last hours to days at a time.
The most common cause of a blackout is extreme weather conditions.
What is a brownout?
A brownout is a temporary drop in voltage in an electrical power supply system. Usually, a utility will decrease its voltage by 10-25%.
Appliances and electrical equipment respond to brownouts in different ways. The power reduction has little effect on heating and lighting systems. Appliances that require precise voltages may not work with a reduced voltage -long-term brownouts can cause wear on sensitive electronic devices.
Unplanned disruptions to your power supply can be costly, especially when you rely on your power for business productivity.