Wind power provides 34% of Ireland’s electricity this year

Wind power has supplied 34% of Ireland’s electricity demand so far this year.

The contribution of wind to the country’s overall needs reached 21% in July, double the same period last year.

A report from Wind Energy Ireland, which represents the country’s wind industry, showed record numbers in recent months.

Noel Cunniffe, the group’s chief executive, said the wind power boom could help cushion the blow of rising oil and gas prices.

“Although July’s numbers are lower than previous months, this is in line with seasonal expectations,” he said.

“What is encouraging to see is that wind power met twice as much electricity demand in July as it did in July 2021, which is a significant increase.

“The figures also show that even in months of lower generation, wind power still plays a crucial role in protecting customers from the worst increases in wholesale electricity prices from fossil fuels.”

He said that despite wind generation levels falling over the past month, there was still around €40 ($40) in the difference between the cost of each megawatt-hour of energy on the windiest and least windy days. – €256.66 and €295.58, respectively. .

The average wholesale electricity price was €267.19 for each MWh in July.

Ireland has over 300 wind farms, the majority of which are onshore, and one of the highest wind energy penetrations in the world.

In July, the country’s government announced an increase in its offshore wind target for 2030 from five gigawatts to 7 GW.

Sectoral emission caps have been set for the electricity, transport, buildings, industry and agriculture sectors to achieve an overall greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 51% by the end of the decade.

“Our members have a pipeline of projects well in excess of 7 GW,” Mr. Cunniffe said.

“We have the investment, skills and expertise to respond to this government call to action.

“However, in order to achieve these goals, our planning system must be urgently reformed and adequately resourced to ensure that the renewable energy projects needed to reduce our carbon emissions and reduce our electricity bills can be built as soon as possible.”

Updated: August 08, 2022, 10:34 a.m.

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