Clean power gains in Ireland
SEAI says wind accounted for 22.8% of generation in 2015
Renewable energy accounted for 27.3% of Ireland’s gross electricity consumption last year compared with 22.9% in 2014, according to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
Wind accounted for 22.8% of generation, the largest source of electricity in the country after natural gas, SEAI said in the country's official national energy statistics – 'Energy in Ireland 1990-2015'.
Overall, renewables contributed 9.1% towards Ireland’s energy use in 2015, short of the 2020 national target of 16%,
Renewables contributed 5.7% to energy use in transport and 6.5% in the heating sector, SEAI said.
However, it added that carbon emissions increased by 6% on the back of strong economic growth in 2015.