Christmas Eve saw new records for wind energy generation in Ireland

At one point on December 24th, wind was generating enough energy to satisfy 68% of the country’s needs

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Raheenleagh Windfarm 02-11-2016. Image: Irish Wind Energy Association

15:35 28 Dec 2016 Michael Staines 15:35 Wednesday 28 December 2016

New records were set for the generation of wind energy across Ireland this Christmas Eve.

At one point on December 24th, wind was generating enough energy to satisfy 68% of the country’s needs.

The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) said that according to official data wind energy was providing 2822 megawatts of electricity shortly after 10:30pm on Christmas Eve.

The energy was capable of powering 1,834,200 homes, making 70,550,000 mugs of tea, or powering 51,309,091 televisions.

IWEA chief executive Gary Healy said it is no surprise that 2016 is ending with new records for wind energy generation.

“We added more capacity to the system throughout the year enabling more of [Ireland's] electricity needs to be met by wind,” he said.

“There will be more capacity added again throughout 2017 and this progress will significantly help Ireland’s journey towards a cleaner, renewable energy future.”

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