Record high for Wind Energy Output

Wind power output in Ireland reached record levels yesterday, according to the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA).

A new record of 1,564 megawatts (MW), enough to power over one million Irish homes, was recorded at 8am yesterday morning (Wednesday 20 November).

According to figures from EirGrid, the level of wind generation corresponded to over 45pc of the Irish electricity demand at that time.

“This new peak shows the vital role which wind energy is already playing in Ireland’s domestic energy supply, as sustained levels of wind generation are being created,” said IWEA’s chief executive, Kenneth Matthews.

“As global talks continue on combating climate change, we are proud that Ireland is leading the way in demonstrating the potential of wind energy. In addition to the environmental benefits which clean energy offers, we are also seeing exciting new opportunities in terms of jobs and investment with over 3,400 people already employed in this sector.

“This record today is our new benchmark, but I’m confident that Ireland and its plentiful supply of wind has more records in store for the future.”