EPA report confirms wind energy leading Ireland’s climate change fight

22 Apr 2020

The Irish Wind Energy Association has welcomed today’s report from the Environmental Protection Agency which credited wind energy with delivering a 12.3 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in power generation.

Dr David Connolly, CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association, said: “Today’s figures from the Environmental Protection Agency confirm that wind energy is continuing to lead Ireland’s fight against climate change.  Last year was a record-breaking year for the industry as we provided a third of the country’s electricity demand.

“It is critical, if we are to build on these achievements, that the next Government prioritises reforming our planning system so we can develop wind energy off our coasts and ensures that the new Wind Energy Guidelines enable us to build the next generation of onshore wind farms.”

In 2019 wind energy provided 32.5 per cent of Ireland’s electricity. Twenty-four new wind farms were connected providing an additional 463 MW of capacity, enough to power more than a quarter of a million Irish homes.