Wind Energy Annual Reports
Each year SEAI contributes a report to the International Energy Agency (IEA). This report is incorporated into an annual publication known as ‘IEA Wind Energy Annual Report’ and becomes the Irish chapter. The report is published in the middle of a year and the content (including statistics) covers the previous calendar year. So the 2009 annual report is published in 2010 and the 2008 annual report is published in 2009.
The 2009 Report will be published on www.ieawind.org in August 2010.
A draft of the Ireland chapter can be viewed here:
2009 Wind Energy Annual Report.pdf (size 126.4 KB)
Summary of 2009 Report
Wind energy’s contribution to Ireland’s electricity supply continues to rise as record capacity is added. In 2009 Ireland was on course to achieve its national target for RES-E contribution to electricity demand in 2010 (15%). 10.5% of 2010 electricity demand, or 75% of renewable electricity supply, was met from wind energy. By December 2009, a total of 85 wind farms were connected to the electricity system, bringing the total installed capacity for wind to 1,264MW (1,379 MW by July 2010). Wind farm connection rates have been maintained above 200MW for the second year with 237MW connecting in 2009, a slight increase on 2008. 237MW is a new record for additions of wind capacity in Ireland.
A new quarter-hourly record for the amount of electricity generated by Ireland’s wind farms was also achieved in 2009 and again in 2010. The output of Ireland’s wind farms reached its 2009 peak of 1064MW on October 24th with enough power generated at that time to supply over 600,000. At times towards the end of 2009, the amount of wind power on the system was meeting 45% of the national electricity demand with no issues reported by EirGrid, the Irish transmission system operator. This is remarkable given the small isolated nature of Ireland’s electricity grid.
Background to IEA Wind
The IEA was founded as an autonomous body within the OECD to implement an international energy programme. Activities are directed towards the IEA member countries’ collective energy policy objectives of energy security, economic and social development, and environmental protection. One important activity undertaken in pursuit of these goals is a programme to facilitate co-operation to develop new and improved energy technologies. This programme consists of ‘implementing agreements’ which cover defined subject areas.
Membership of these implementing agreements involves a commitment to national participation in certain collaborative research activities, known as ‘Tasks’. Tasks focus research on specific relevant areas. Another participatory commitment is the contribution of an annual report on the wind sector in each member country.