Ireland nets wind gains
Carbon intensity of electricity generation increases due to fossil fuel use spike
Irish wind output increased by 28% in 2015 and now accounts for one fifth of all electricity generation in the country.
New figures from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) show that gains by the country’s onshore wind farms were offset by growth in the use of fossil fuels such as coal and peat.
This resulted in a net marginal increase in the carbon intensity of electricity generation.
SEAI head of low carbon technologies Eimear Cotter said: "These figures show the complexity of our energy system and the interplay of economic growth, renewable energy deployment and fossil fuel prices."
“Progress made in renewable energy deployment could be easily undone if we fail to decouple energy use from economic growth and accelerate the move away from fossil fuels, in particular high emissions-intensive fuels such as coal and peat.”