Wind provides 37% of Irish power in November.
As the year draws to a close , Irelands renewable energy sector presents a striking statistic: 37% of the nations electricity was wind-generated in November 2023. This impressive figure reported by wind energy Ireland is not just a monthly triumph but marks the third highest wind energy production in the current year.
Early December brought with it a groundbreaking moment for Irelands renewable energy journey. The wind energy generation soared to a record breaking 4626MW , setting a new standard for the sector. This peak is a testament to the growing strength and reliability of wind power in the national grind.
The Significance of this achievement extends beyond mere numbers. Over the first 11 months of 2023, wind power consistently fuelled a third of irelands electricity needs. This Consistent performance is a clear indicator of wind energy evolving role in the nation’s energy mix.
Noel Cunniffe, CEO of Wind Energy Ireland, highlights the broader implications of these developments. As Ireland moves towards the end of 2023 , its evident that wind farms have played a pivotal role in the country’s energy strategy. By Harnessing the power of the wind, Ireland is not only reducing its dependence on imported fossil fuels but is also making significant strides in lowering its carbon footprint.
The industry , however, isn’t resting on its laurels. 2023 has been a landmark year for onshore wind energy projects , with more entering the planning phase than ever before. This surge reflects the industry’s commitment to expanding irelands wind energy capacity. Cunniffe points to the need for streamlined processes in the planning system , underscoring the importance of the newly introduced planning and development bill in accelerating Irelands transition to a carbon neutral future.
The Financial benefits of wind energy are equally noteworthy. November’s average wholesale electricity price stood at €122.90 per megawatt-hour. The economic advantage of wind energy becomes even more apparent when comparing the costs on the windiest days to those heavily dependent on fossil fuels , with a substantial price difference of around €50.
In conclusion , Cunniffe emphasizes the economic upside of wind energy. Increasing wind capacity not only lessons dependence on costly imported gas but also significantly aids households facing high energy costs.
Novembers overall electricity demand was 3510GWh , with wind energy contributing a notable 1303GWh. This represents a 5% increase from November 2022, a clear indication of the growing demand for electricity and the rising role of the wind energy in meeting this demand. This year has indeed been a milestone for Irelands wind energy sector, setting a strong foundation for future growth and sustainability.