Wind energy has provided 34pc of Ireland’s energy so far this year, on the back of record figures in recent months, a new report shows.
The latest figures from Wind Energy Ireland found it accounted for 21pc of all of the country’s power last month.
July saw a two-fold increase in demand met by wind, compared with the same period last year.
Wind Energy Ireland chief executive Noel Cunniffe said the figures show it plays a “crucial” role in shielding customers from rising energy prices, even in months when the wind energy output is lower.
“What is heartening to see is that wind energy met twice as much of the electricity demand this July as in July 2021, which is a significant increase.
“Figures also show that even in months with lower output, wind energy still plays a crucial role in shielding customers from the worst of the fossil fuel-driven increases in wholesale electricity prices.”