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Ireland sourced 35% of its electricity from wind farms in the first five months of 2024

In a significant boost to Ireland's renewable energy landscape, wind farms have contributed a substantial 35 percent of the country’s electricity supply in the first five months of 2024, according to the latest May Wind Energy report from Wind Energy Ireland.

Record contributions despite fluctuating supply

Despite a slight increase in electricity demand in May 2024 to 3,241 gigawatt-hours, up from 3,181 GWh the previous year, wind energy's share of 21 percent in meeting this demand was below the typical average for May. However, a peak in solar energy production helped offset this deficit, underlining the growing importance of diversified renewable energy sources in Ireland's energy matrix.


Source: Wind Energy Ireland


Shifts in regional wind energy production

For the first time in the report's history, Cork has overtaken Kerry as the leading contributor of wind-generated electricity, producing 76 GWh in May. This was closely followed by Kerry with 68 GWh, and other significant contributions from Galway, Tipperary, and Tyrone.


Source: Wind Energy Ireland


Economic and environmental benefits highlighted

Justin Moran, Director of External Affairs at Wind Energy Ireland, emphasized the dual economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy. “The integration of wind and solar power not only curtails our dependence on imported fossil fuels but also mitigates electricity costs and enhances our access to sustainable energy,” Moran explained.

Celebrating wind energy: 'Get out in the wind' campaign

Wind Energy Ireland has launched the 'Get Out in the Wind' campaign, encouraging the public to explore more than a dozen wind farms across Ireland. These sites offer a range of activities, including hiking, biking, and family picnics, providing both recreational opportunities and firsthand experiences of Ireland’s renewable energy facilities.

Economic impact and future prospects

The commitment to expanding renewable energy is evident as Moran pointed out the role of wind farms in reducing carbon emissions by over 4 million tonnes annually and their contribution to job creation and community funding. "By further developing our renewable sector, we aim for an energy-independent Ireland with cleaner air and warmer homes," Moran concluded.

Impact on electricity prices

The report also highlighted the economic impact of renewable energy on electricity costs. In May 2024, days with higher wind energy production saw significant reductions in the wholesale price of electricity, illustrating the financial advantages of investing in renewable resources.

Wind Energy Ireland's data, collected from various sources including EirGrid and market analysts, underscores the growing influence and potential of wind energy in Ireland’s sustainable future.


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