Wind Energy Industry
A third of Ireland’s electricity now comes from wind energy
Ireland’s wind energy industry broke new records last year and a third of the country’s electricity now comes from wind according to the annual report from the Irish Wind Energy Association.
There were 24 new wind farms connected in 2019 with a combined installed capacity of 463 MW making it the second-best year on record for new connections. There is now more than 4,100 MW of installed wind energy capacity in the Republic of Ireland.
Headlines results from the annual report include:
- In 2019 wind energy met a record 32.5 per cent of our electricity demand – the second highest in Europe and the highest in onshore wind;
- 24 new windfarms were built in 2019 – our second-best year on record;
- In February and December of last year wind energy provided more electricity than natural gas;
- However, concern is rising at the amount of ‘lost’ wind energy.