Wind energy was Ireland’s number one source of electricity throughout Q1 2020, according to government data.
During the first quarter of this year, wind energy provided 3390GW of electricity – 43.8% of demand – compared to 3234GW for natural gas – 41.8%.
Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) chief executive David Connolly said: “Today’s figures show that it is only a matter of time before wind energy is Ireland’s number one source of electricity. “Last year was a record-breaking year for the industry as we provided a third of the country’s electricity demand. The first three months of 2020 show that we are well on track to beat that record.”
Connolly said the wind power industry is well positioned to create more jobs and attract investment into Ireland.
The IWEA chief executive continued: “It is essential, if we are to build on this success, that the next government prioritises reforming our planning system so we can develop wind energy off our coasts.”
Connelly urged the Irish government to ensure it has the right policies in place to enable industries to reach the target set out in the Climate Action Plan to provide 70% renewable energy by 2030.
The 3390 GW of electricity wind provided in Q1 2020 is equivalent to the annual power demand of 737,000 Irish homes.