Written answers

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Electricity Generation

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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215. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount of electricity being generated from onshore wind, offshore wind, hydro and solar sources; the extent to which this can form part of a reliable electricity grid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49650/19]

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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216. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the daily electricity requirements as provided for by the national grid; the degree to which electricity generation sources are from non-fossil fuels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49651/19]

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 215 and 216 together.

EirGrid have estimated that, in the 12 months ending September 2019, 35.2% of generated electricity has been from renewable sources. That figure consists of approx. 32% from wind energy, 2.5% from hydropower and 0.7% from other renewable sources. This does not include small scale and micro generation which could contribute up to 1% more to the total. Currently, offshore wind and solar represent less than 1% of total renewable electricity.

EirGrid are the Transmission System Operator for the national grid and operate the system in a safe and secure manner. Information on Ireland’s fuel mix for electricity generation is available on EirGrid’s website and updated on a monthly basis: . This website also lists the installed capacity of each hydro-electric station attached to the transmission grid.

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