Wind provided 37% of Ireland’s electricity in November, new data shows.
The latest report from Wind Energy Ireland reveals that November was the third highest month for wind energy generation this year.
The report confirms that wind energy has supplied a third of the country’s electricity in the first 11 months of this year.
“These are Irish generators producing power without burning imported fossil fuels, which means that we can cut our carbon emissions at the same time as we cut our fuel imports,” said Noel Cunniffe, CEO of Wind Energy Ireland.
But he said we can and need to do more.
“This year, more onshore wind capacity has entered the planning system than in any year previous and industry is committed to delivering more wind energy.
“However, the current bottlenecks in the planning system must be addressed to help speed up the development of renewable Irish energy,” he added.
Mr Cunniffe said the newly published Planning and Development Bill can help accelerate Ireland’s progress to a zero-carbon society.
Today’s figures show the average wholesale price of electricity in November was €122.90 per megawatt-hour (MWh)
There was around €50 in the difference between the wholesale cost of electricity on the windiest days and those days when we had to rely almost entirely on fossil fuels – €101.56 and €153.48 respectively.
“The more wind we can get on the system, the less we have to rely on expensive imported gas to generate electricity and the more we can do to help households struggling with high energy costs,” said Mr Cunniffe.