The Irish Wind Energy Association, Ireland’s largest renewable energy organisation, last week published its quarterly industry report for quarter two of 2019, covering April, May and June of this year. The figures show wind provided 27 per cent of Ireland’s electricity in quarter two, up from 22.5 per cent for the same period last year.
Dr David Connolly, CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association, said: “It has been a fantastic first half of 2019 with new wind farms connecting, getting planning and our share of electricity demand rising year-on-year. Wind energy is an Irish success story. Every day it is driving down electricity costs for consumers, cutting CO2 emissions and guaranteeing this country real energy independence. With the right policy framework and support, we are confident that our industry can deliver on the targets set out in the Government’s Climate Action Plan and continue to play our part in leading Ireland’s energy transition.”
Another industry success story is the continuing growth of new wind farms. Six new projects were connected in quarter two while over the first half of 2019 another three wind farms, with a combined capacity of 96 MW, passed their first big milestone by getting planning permission.
Dr Connolly continued: “We have been building and connecting wind farms at a record rate in the last couple of years. With new wind farms getting planning permission it shows how strong our onshore wind pipeline, which will soon be supplemented by a strong offshore sector, is for the months and years to come.”
The 27 per cent share of electricity demand for quarter two amounted to almost 1.9 million MWh of electricity, compared to 1.6 million in the second quarter of 2018. The average Irish household uses approximately 4.2 MWh of electricity every year.
The total installed capacity of Ireland’s wind farms has now risen to 3,748 MW.
- Wind energy’s share of electricity demand: 27% – up from 22.5% in Q2 2018
- Total amount of electricity generated by wind in Q2 2019: 1,874,000 MWh – up from 1,559,800 MWh in Q2 2018.
- Total installed wind energy capacity at end of Q2 2019: 3,748 MW.
- Total new capacity installed: 48 MW.
- Number of new wind farms built: 6.
- Number of new wind farms to get planning permission in the first six months of 2019: 3 with a total capacity of 96.25 MW.
- Amount of wind energy dispatched down in Q2 2019: 133,297 MWh