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Ireland breaks previous levels of wind power in 2019

Cat Sturman Writer

On 1 March the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) revealed that wind energy met a record 32.5% of Ireland’s electricity demand in 2019, the second highest in Europe and the highest in onshore wind. 24 new wind farms were also connected in 2019 with a combined installed capacity of 463MW, making it the second-best year on record for new connections. Total amount of electricity generated by wind in 2019 totalled 9,497,000MWh, up from 8,691,000MWh in 2018. The amount of wind energy dispatched down in 2019 reached 1,008,046MWh (7.7%), up from 707,410MWh (6%) in 2018. In February and December 2019, wind energy also provided more electricity than natural gas, leading to over 4,100MW of installed wind energy capacity in Ireland. “Wind energy in Ireland is going from strength to strength. Every year we are cutting more CO2 emissions, reducing Ireland’s dependency on imported fossil fuels and driving down the wholesale price of electricity,” affirmed CEO of IWEA, Dr David Connolly. “The two dozen new wind farms we connected last year will enable us to build on our success in 2019 and we have already set new records for the amount of wind energy on the system in the first two months of 2020.” The growth in wind generation is fully aligned with Ireland’s Climate Action Plan, which has sought for wind power to “grow on a linear trajectory;” for offshore wind to be introduced from 2023 and “to leverage the significant volumes of private sector capital available for well-structured projects, including ...

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