Wind Energy in Ireland

Wind Energy In Ireland

Northern Ireland currently produces around six per cent of its electricity from indigenous renewable energy sources. It is committed to sourcing 12 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2012 and 40 per cent by 2020.

In a keynote speech at the Irish Wind Energy Association’s (IWEA) first workshop in Belfast, Northern Ireland Environment Minister Edwin Poots stressed the province’s commitment to renewable energy in the fight against climate change and said wind was the key to meeting its targets.

“I am firmly committed to supporting the wind industry and all other renewable energy technologies so that together we can meet our commitments to tackle climate change,” said the Minister. “I am fully aware that more needs to be achieved over the next 10 years if we are to meet the 40 per cent target of electricity generation from renewable sources by 2020 set out in the Draft Strategic Energy Framework.

“While other renewable energy technologies will play an increasingly important role, I believe it is the mature technology of wind energy that will provide the most significant contribution toward the achievement of this target.”