Wind power in the Republic of Ireland
As of September 2008, there are 74
wind farmsin operation in the Republic of Irelandwith a total capacity of 855 Megawatts[ [http://www.eirgrid.com/EirgridPortal/uploads/Announcements/Winter%20Outlook%20150808%20Final.pdf] - [http://www.eirgrid.com/ http://www.eirgrid.com/] ] . A further 150 to 200MW is estimated by ESB to be connected to the grid by the end of 2008. The state-owned electric power transmissioncompany, Eirgrid, state that in the period up to 2010, an additional 446.4 Megawatts of wind power are contracted to be connected to the Irish electricity grid. [ [http://www.eirgrid.com/EirgridPortal/uploads/General%20Documents/Contracted(Wind)Jan08.pdf] - [http://www.eirgrid.com/ http://www.eirgrid.com/] ] .
European Union's 2001 RES-E directive [ [http://eur-lex.europa.eu/pri/en/oj/dat/2001/l_283/l_28320011027en00330040.pdf EU Directive 2001/77/EC] - [http://ec.europa.eu/ http://ec.europa.eu/] ] addressed a target to Irelandof producing 13.2 % of its electricityneeds through renewable energysources. The Irish Government's report on " Policy Consideration for Renewable Electricity to 2010" estimated that the Republic will need approximately 1,432 MW of renewable energy production by the end of 2009 to meet this target [ [http://www.sei.ie/getFile.asp?FC_ID=1751&docID=913 Final Report on Policy Consideration for Renewable Electricity to 2010] - [http://www.sei.ie/ www.sei.ie] ] . In the report an estimated 1100 MW was expected to be supplied by wind farms. Considering the current levels of wind generated electricity, it appears this target will be met.
List of wind farms
World energy resources and consumption
* [http://www.sei.ie/ www.sei.ie] - Sustainable Energy Ireland, Ireland's national energy agency.
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