Wind provides 37% of Irish power in November

The latest Wind Energy Report shows the sector provided 37% of Ireland’s electricity in November 2023.

The latest figures, published by Wind Energy Ireland, mean the month was the third highest for wind energy generation this year.

The report comes days after the island of Ireland hit a new record for wind generation, with levels peaking at 4626MW on Tuesday, 6 December.

It also confirms wind energy has supplied a third of Ireland’s electricity in the first 11 months of the year.

“These results emphasise the contribution that wind energy is making to insulate Irish families and businesses from expensive fossil fuels,” said Wind Energy Ireland chief executive Noel Cunniffe.

“With one month remaining in 2023, wind farms across Ireland have provided a third of the country’s electricity this year. These are Irish generators producing power without burning imported fossil fuels, which means that we can cut our carbon emissions at the same time as we cut our fuel imports.

“But we can and we need to do more. This year, more onshore wind capacity has entered the planning system than in any year previous and industry is committed to delivering more wind energy.

“However, the current bottlenecks in the planning system must be addressed to help speed up the development of renewable Irish energy. The newly published Planning and Development Bill is an important piece of legislation that can help accelerate Ireland’s progress to a zero-carbon society.”

The average wholesale price of electricity in November was €122.90 per megawatt-hour stated the report. The figures also show that there was approximately €50 in the difference between the wholesale cost of electricity on the windiest days and those days when the island had to rely almost entirely on fossil fuels – €101.56 and €153.48 respectively.

Cunniffe concluded: “The more wind we can get on the system, the less we have to rely on expensive imported gas to generate electricity and the more we can do to help households struggling with high energy costs.”

The total electricity demand in November 2023 was 3510GWh of power and wind energy generated 1303GWh the report found. This was a 5% increase in electricity demand over November 2022’s figure of 3337GWh when wind produced 1612GWh.

The results of this report are based on EirGrid’s SCADA data compiled by MullanGrid and on market data provided by ElectroRoute.

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