Benefits of Wind Energy
- Wind is Ireland’s primary source of renewable energy.
- Harnessing the wind means reducing Ireland’s dependence on expensive, imported fossil fuels like oil
- Wind generation is proven, reliable technology. Wind farms have been operating in Ireland since 1992.
- Wind generated energy accounted for 15.3% of electricity demand in Ireland in 2012 and approximately 18% in 2013. The national target for electricity generated from renewable sources is 40% by 2020.
- Wind will be the main driver in the transformation to a low carbon energy future and will contribute to the South Tipperary goal to have 20% of its energy supply produced in the county from renewable energy sources.
- Wind generated electricity in the Republic of Ireland is estimated to have saved 586 ktoe of fossil fuels and a CO2 emissions reduction of 1.51 million tonnes.
- Savings from wind generation in the Republic of Ireland in 2012 are estimated at €177 million in fossil fuels and €11million in CO2 emissions.
- The total fossil-fuel generation displaced by renewable electricity generation in the Republic of Ireland in 2012 is equivalent to the electricity demand of 780,000 Irish households.
Sources: Normalised actual figure from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland report: Quantifying Ireland’s Fuel and CO2 Emissions Savings from Renewable Electricity in 2012, Page 1 & Provisional figure from EirGrid.