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ENERGYRecord output for wind power

WIND power output in Ireland reached record levels this week. The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) has said that the record was set by wind energy producers yesterday.

According to figures revealed by the association, an impressive 1,564 megawatts – enough to power more than one million Irish homes – was recorded at 8am as families sat down to breakfast.

The figures were generated by EirGrid, which monitors electricity generation and usage nationally.

The record level of wind generation corresponded to more than 45pc of the Irish electricity demand at that time.

Chief executive of IWEA Kenneth Matthews said that the new peak showed the vital role that wind energy was already playing in Ireland's domestic energy supply.

"As global talks continue on combating climate change, we are proud that Ireland is leading the way in demonstrating the potential of wind energy," he said.

The industry is also fast becoming a leading employer in Ireland with 3,400 people already employed in the sector.

"This record today is our new benchmark, but I'm confident that Ireland and its plentiful supply of wind has more records in store for the future," concluded Mr Matthews.