Wind power output in Ireland reached record levels today 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 this morning (Wednesday 20 November) as families across the country sat down to breakfast.
According to figures from EirGrid, who monitor electricity generation and usage nationally, the record level of wind generation corresponded to over 45% of the Irish electricity demand at that time, which would be sufficient to power more than 1 million homes.
Commenting on the new Irish record, IWEA’s Chief Executive, Kenneth Matthews said:
“As families across the country sat down for breakfast this morning, wind energy generation was breaking records.
“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.
“As global talks continue on combatting 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.” concluded Matthews.
Established in 1993, the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) is the national body representing the wind energy sector in Ireland. IWEA is committed to promoting the use of wind energy in Ireland and beyond as an economically viable and environmentally sound alternative to conventional generation and promotes awareness and understanding of wind power as the primary renewable energy resource. IWEA is also dedicated to education and awareness building, and to building the skills base
of the renewable energy sector in Ireland. IWEA also supports the development of other renewable technology, particularly marine energy. IWEA has more than 200 members who incorporate all leading industry voices in Ireland. IWEA acts as a central point for information for its membership as well as a voice to promote wind energy to government. IWEA is entirely self-funded and relies on the support of its members. For more information, please visit http://www.iwea.com
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