New figures show that wind energy provided 48% of the country’s electricity in November, which means it was the biggest source of electricity in Ireland last month.
Wind Energy Ireland said that wind energy has supplied 34% of Ireland’s electricity demand this year to the end of November.
It said this marked the best November for the volume of electricity produced by Irish wind farms and the share of demand met by the country’s main source of renewable energy.
Today’s figures show that the average wholesale electricity price stood at €143.12 per megawatt-hour (MWh) in November, with the average price at just €106.99 per MWh on the days with the most wind power on the system.
Noel Cunniffe, CEO of Wind Energy Ireland, said the data emphasises once again the contribution wind energy is making to insulate Irish families and businesses from the worst effects of the fossil-fuel energy crisis.
“With one month remaining in 2022, wind farms across Ireland have provided over a third of the country’s electricity this year, making this one of the best years on record for wind energy,” Mr Cunniffe said.
“These are Irish generators producing power without burning imported fossil fuels, which means we can cut our carbon emissions at the same time as we cut our fuel imports,” he added.