Irish cheer green gains
Onshore wind ‘delivers €192m saving’ on fuel imports
Renewables provided 20% of Ireland’s energy needs in 2016, according to a new report.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland said green energy helped the country achieve its highest-ever level of indigenous energy production.
The ‘Energy in Ireland 1990-2016’ report today shows that renewables accounted for 27.2% of electricity consumption, but lagged behind in transport and heat where it hit 5% and 6.8% respectively.
Renewable electricity, mainly from onshore wind, helped the country avoid €192m in fossil fuel imports.
Around 400MW of new onshore wind capacity was added in 2016, the SEAI added.
Chief executive Jim Gannon said the 20% level “represents positive growth” but added “there is room for much more activity…across a broader range of technologies”.
“Generating our own renewable electricity is critical to achieving our overall energy and climate ambitions.”