Wind Energy Ireland has released its May Wind Energy report, which shows that wind energy provided 34% of Ireland’s electricity in May 2022, up 9% on May 2021. This was the most power ever generated by wind in the month of May and over the first five months of 2022 wind has provided 37% of Ireland’s electricity.
The results of this report are based on EirGrid’s SCADA data compiled by MullanGrid and on market data provided by ElectroRoute. Prices on the wholesale electricity market fell significantly to an average of €143.27 but market analysts believe this was likely a temporary fall due to a combination of an over supply of gas in Britain, lower than expected demand and better renewable energy performance.
Wind Energy Ireland expect to see new wind farms connected before the end of 2022 and with solar farms connecting to the grid this year for the first time too, the two technologies will increasingly be able to work together to push fossil fuels off the Irish electricity system.
However, the organisation warned that delays in the planning system are slowing the rate of connection of new wind farms. Although An Bord Pleanála has a statutory timeframe to decide applications from wind energy projects in 18 weeks the average time for a decision is over a year.
Looking ahead, CEO of Wind Energy Ireland, Noel Cunniffe said, "Our planning system must be urgently reformed and properly resourced to ensure that the renewable energy projects needed to cut our carbon emissions and drive down electricity bills can get built as quickly as possible."