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Dublin: 8 °C Sunday 17 December, 2017

Ireland's wind energy on Sunday night was enough to power almost 1.5 million homes

It was not a good hair day.

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THE WINDY WEATHER on Sunday night saw Ireland’s wind energy hit a new high – which was enough to power almost 1.5 million homes across the country.

That’s according to EirGrid – who monitor electricity generation and usage nationally.

EirGrid says that at 8.15pm on Sunday- a new All-Island Wind Energy record of 2355.6MW was reached (that’s enough to power over 1.5 million homes).

And 15 minutes later at 8:30 Ireland’s wind energy output (excluding Northern Ireland) hit a new record peak of 1,826MW.

Commenting on the new Irish and All Island wind energy records, IWEA Chief Executive, Kenneth Matthews said:

Christmas is traditionally an energy intensive time of year, between cooking, heating, TV watching, video games playing and Christmas tree lighting, but this new record shows how renewable wind energy is helping to power Ireland’s Christmas preparations.

“Last year, we spent €6.7bn on expensive foreign energy imports, we need to make sure that as much of this lost money stays in Ireland in the New Year.”

There are currently 188 wind farms operating in Ireland however the Environment Minister recently mentioned that he wouldn’t like to live beside a wind turbine.

Read: The Environment Minister says he wouldn’t want to live beside a wind turbine>

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