Wind Energy

Wind Energy

Ireland's Energy Story

Energy plays a very important role in modern life. It lights and heats our homes and offices, schools and hospitals, shops, ports and airports and other public facilities, as well as powering our industry and an increasing array of essential communication devices.

Currently, Ireland imports about 70% of its energy requirements. This figure will grow as the gas volumes from Corrib, a natural gas deposit off the northwest coast of Ireland, begin to decline, unless we develop additional renewable and sustainable resources. In 2015, our indigenous energy sources included 8% renewable energy, mainly hydro, wind, biomass and biogas. Renewable sources of energy continue to grow in importance for our island.

Bord na Móna has a strong track record of siting, designing and delivering wind farms within its cutaway peatlands, including Bellacorick, Bruckana and Mountlucas Wind Farms.

The Need For Renewable

Government policy has set a target for 40% of the electricity consumed in Ireland in 2020 to be generated from renewable resources, within an overall renewable energy target of 16%. The development of wind farms will contribute to both Ireland’s 2020 target and higher obligations set by The European Union over the period to 2030. It is acknowledged that wind energy will provide the main component of Ireland’s renewable electricity at that time. Wind farms can also assist in the offset of carbon emissions from Ireland’s non-ETS sectors, such as agriculture, and through the electrification of heating and transport.

Looking beyond 2020, Ireland will have to meet even more demanding climate change and renewable energy supply obligations in order to play its part in achieving the European climate and energy ambitions. Wind farms will contribute to increasing the security of energy supply in Ireland and facilitate a higher level of energy generation self-sufficiency.


Facts About Wind Energy

The EU directive on renewable energy (2009/28/EC) stipulates a 20% renewable energy target for the EU by 2020.
EU countries have committed to reaching their own national renewable targets ranging from 10% in Malta to 49% in Sweden. In Ireland’s case the target set is 16%.
Ireland’s 16% Renewable Energy target is made up of a 40% renewable electricity target (RES-E), a 10% renewable transport target (RES-T) and a 12% renewable heating target (RES-H).
Decarbonisation of the electricity system is important to help both Ireland and the EU achieve a more competitive, secure and sustainable energy system and to meet their long-term 2050 greenhouse gas reductions target.
A modern wind turbine is designed to produce high quality electricity whenever enough wind is available.
Wind turbines can operate continuously, unattended, and with low maintenance, with a design life of over 20 years.
Meteorological instruments in the wind turbine send signals to motors in the tower to ensure the wind turbine always faces into the wind, whatever its direction, and to the pitch controllers to angle the blades.
Pitch controllers cause the blade to turn at the optimal speed. The blades swivel to capture more or less of the wind energy depending on the wind speed.

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