The Irish Wind Energy Association recently published its annual report for 2019. According to the report, the Irish wind energy industry broke new records last year with a third of Ireland’s electricity coming from wind energy.
During the past year there were 24 new wind farms, with a combined capacity of 463 MW, commissioned and connected to the national grid. This increased the overall capacity of installed wind energy in the Republic of Ireland to 4,130MW.
The significant findings within the report include:
- In 2019 wind energy met a record 32.5 % of our electricity demand – the second highest in Europe and the highest in onshore wind – up from 29% in 2018;
- 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.
Further results from the IWEA report can be found on their website: https://www.iwea.com/latest-news/3146-annual-report-reveals-record-levels-of-wind-power-in-2019