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Over a third of power to Ireland last month came from wind turbines

Robert Besser
12 Feb 2024

DUBLIN, Ireland: Wind turbines supplied over a third of Ireland's electricity needs in January, contributing 1,379 gigawatt-hours (GWh) out of a total demand of 3,831 GWh.

This substantial output, revealed by Wind Energy Ireland's latest figures, indicates a robust start to the year for renewable energy. Notably, the electricity generated by wind farms last month was one of the highest ever recorded for January. The data also shows a decrease in the average wholesale price of electricity in Ireland, dropping to 99.90 euros per megawatt-hour from 162.16 euros the previous year.

Noel Cunniffe, CEO of Wind Energy Ireland, expressed optimism about the future, highlighting the potential for new wind, solar, and battery projects to connect to the grid by the end of 2024. "New wind farms, along with solar and battery projects, will be connecting before the end of 2024, which will further reduce Ireland's emissions, but we really need to accelerate the delivery of onshore and offshore renewable projects if we are to achieve a zero-carbon society for Ireland."

Based on EirGrid's SCADA data and market insights provided by ElectroRoute, these findings underscore the critical role of renewable energy in Ireland's sustainable future.

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