Éire / Ireland

Ireland experienced a wind power breakthrough in September, with strong winds contributing to 32% of the country's electricity, marking a 25% increase from the previous year. Wind Energy Ireland's latest report reveals that strong winds in the second half of the month broke records for a third consecutive month, following impressive achievements in July and August.

While this substantial increase in wind energy generation is a cause for celebration, it highlights the need for ongoing investment in renewable energy development, grid infrastructure, and planning reforms. Noel Cunniffe, the Chief Executive of Wind Energy Ireland, stressed the importance of securing adequate resources for institutions involved in environmental assessments to continue this positive trajectory and meet legally binding climate targets. Ireland's wind energy progress not only promises cleaner and more sustainable electricity but also demonstrates the economic benefits of renewable power, with a 60% decrease in wholesale electricity prices compared to the previous year.

Read more: Wind generated 32% of Ireland's electricity last month (rte.ie)