May 20 (Renewables Now) - The share of wind power in Ireland’s first-quarter electricity generation rose to 37%, the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) announced.
The quarterly contribution is up from 35% in the first three months of 2018, when wind farms produced a total of 2,731,000 MWh. Generation in January-March 2019 reached 2,827,067 MWh, IWEA said on Thursday in its quarterly report.
David Connolly, CEO of the association, noted that 2019 had a strong start, with wind power surpassing even natural gas in February. “Wind energy is an Irish success story, driving down electricity costs for consumers, cutting millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions every year and securing a homegrown energy future that doesn’t depend on importing fossil fuels,” he said.
Ireland currently has 3,700 MW of wind power generation capacity, producing enough power to meet the demand of around 2.2 million local homes per year. The first quarter saw the commissioning of two wind farms with a combined capacity of 33 MW.