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‘2020 will be even better’: Dr David Connolly, CEO, Irish Wind Energy Association

‘2020 will be even better’: Dr David Connolly, CEO, Irish Wind Energy Association

‘2020 will be even better’: Dr David Connolly, CEO, Irish Wind Energy Association

A report from think-tank Ren 21 has found Ireland is second in the world only to Denmark for the share of its electricity provided by wind energy.

Last year, almost a third of Ireland's electricity came from wind power, according to the 'Renewables Global Status' report.

Denmark, which has a large offshore wind industry, met an estimated 47pc of its energy demand from wind. Ireland is also one of only four countries in the world - along with Denmark, Germany and Uruguay - that met more than 30pc of demand in 2019 from variable renewable electricity like wind or solar power, the report found.

Dr David Connolly, CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA), said: "Last year was a record-breaking year for the industry as we provided a third of the country's electricity and we are confident our numbers will be even better for 2020."

In the first three months of this year, wind energy provided almost half of Ireland's electricity, according to the IWEA.

If the right policies are put in place, Dr Connolly said, there is no reason why wind energy should not be providing "most" of the country's electricity by 2025.

In 2019, a total of 24 new wind farms were connected in Ireland to provide an additional 463 megawatts of capacity, which is enough to provide power for more than a quarter of a million homes across the country.

Irish Independent