With all the talk of the German energy transition are we missing another countries change, that is Irish wind power? There are now a whole heap of websites where you can look at what’s happening on the grid in real time. Yesterday looking for something else I found one and was very surprised to see earlier on that day 70% of Ireland’s electricity was from wind power. By the time I had found it had dropped to a still very impressive 30%.
Ireland rarely gets mentioned in energy terms. I have read about big battles over offshore gas finds on the West coast and I know Ireland used to get a lot of its electricity from unsustainable peat, but the rise of Irish wind power has crept up on me. A high voltage DC interconnecter has recently opened to the UK. This means both countries can iron out excess or shortages of power. What I don’t know is whether the wind industry in Ireland has a lot of opposition as it has here.
Obviously Ireland being a small windy country will find it easier to its needs from wind than a larger country like the UK or Germany, but its still very impressive. Well done Ireland.