Data from the Irish Wind Energy Association show wind provided 27% of Ireland’s electricity in quarter two (April, May and June 2019), - up from 22.5% for the same period last year.
This amounted to almost 1.9 million MWh of electricity, compared to 1.6 million in the second quarter of 2018. The total installed capacity of Ireland’s wind farms has now risen to 3,748 MW.
Dr David Connolly, CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association, said: “It has been a fantastic first half of 2019 with new wind farms connecting, getting planning and our share of electricity demand rising year-on-year.
“Wind energy is an Irish success story. Every day it is driving down electricity costs for consumers, cutting CO2 emissions and guaranteeing this country real energy independence."
“With the right policy framework and support, we are confident that our industry can deliver on the targets set out in the Government’s Climate Action Plan and continue to play our part in leading Ireland’s energy transition.”
New wind farms
Six new wind farm projects were connected in quarter two, while over the first half of 2019 another three wind farms, with a combined capacity of 96 MW, passed their first big milestone by securing planning permission.
Dr Connolly, continued: “We have been building and connecting wind farms at a record rate in the last couple of years."
"With new wind farms getting planning permission, it shows how strong our onshore wind pipeline, which will soon be supplemented by a strong offshore sector, is for the months and years to come.”