Council claims that Apple’s proposed Irish data center could increase electricity consumption in Ireland by 8.2%

Apple's proposed Irish data center could increase electricity consumption in Ireland by 8.2%, according to a document obtained by Business Insider and which can be accessed through Galway County Council's website.

The article says Galway County Council received a detailed letter from a man named Allan Daly last May expressing a number of concerns he has over an €850 million (£599 million) data center that Apple wants to build in a forest near Athenry, on the west coast of Ireland. The Cupertino, California-based company planned to start building the €850 million data center on a 500-acre site before the end of last year, but a decision won't be made until the summer, a local councillor told the publication. 

This computer-generated image of Apple’s proposed data center is courtesy of Business Insider.

This computer-generated image of Apple’s proposed data center is courtesy of Business Insider.

The work is being held up by the Irish government, which is currently reviewing a number of appeals that were made after Galway Council granted Apple planning permission to build a data center. Complainants argued that the data centre would increase noise and light pollution, flooding, and traffic. Some also said it would act as an eyesore and others said it would harm the local badger and bat populations.

Business Insider reported that it’s visited the site and found that the vast majority of locals were in favor of Apple's data centre, which could create up to 300 jobs in the area, initially for construction workers but ultimately for IT professionals. However, between 20 and 25 complaints were made to Galway Council by local residents and other Irish citizens when Apple's plans were made public.