Wind energy provided 32pc of Ireland’s electricity in April, report claimsLeigh Mc Gowranon May 9, 2022 at 10:47 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic

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Irish wind energy reached new records this year, by providing 32pc of the country’s electricity last month, according to a new report by Wind Energy Ireland, the representative group for the Irish wind energy industry.

According to the report, this is a 7pc increase compared to the Irish wind energy in April 2021 and is the most power ever provided by Irish wind in April.

Wind Energy Ireland said the April result follows a strong first quarter where wind provided around 39pc of Ireland’s electricity.

“Every month wind energy is cutting our carbon emissions and helping to insulate Irish consumers from the worst effects of our dependence on expensive imported gas,” Wind Energy Ireland CEO Noel Cunniffe said. “Every new wind farm and solar farm connecting to the electricity system helps to make Ireland more energy independent.”

The report said the volume of wind energy helped to push down the average wholesale price of electricity €218.26 in April, a reduction from the record high costs in March.

However, Wind Energy Ireland said this is still a 155pc increase in prices compared to April 2021, which reflects Ireland’s reliance on expensive imported fossil fuels.

“We need to accelerate the development of clean, cheap, renewable energy to push fossil fuels out of the electricity market,” Cunniffe said. “Our planning system must be reformed and properly resourced to ensure that the renewable energy projects needed by the Climate Action Plan can get properly, but quickly, examined and we can move forward with getting those projects built.”

Wind Energy Ireland has been calling on Government to focus more on the country’s wind energy industry. Last month, the group called on the Government to take increased measures to help develop Ireland’s offshore windfarms.

In March, Cork Chamber CEO Conor Healy made a plea for Ireland to capitalise on the economic opportunity that offshore wind energy poses for the country.

Ireland has set a goal to generate 5GW of offshore wind energy by 2030, in a move that could more than double the country’s current onshore and offshore wind power capacity.

But some in the industry have called on the Government to increase its 2030 wind ambitions. SSE Renewables director of development Maria Ryan told the Government earlier this year that it “shouldn’t settle for 5GW by the end of the decade”.

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