Wind energy industry set for massive expansion

By Frank McDonald, Irish Times:

Since 1992 wind’s share of the electricity market has been increasing and it now stands at 18%

THE NUMBER of wind turbines dotting the landscape looks set to double between now and 2020, according to reliable estimates.

There are more than 1,100 turbines in operation in Ireland, mostly at 176 onshore “wind farms”, with a further seven offshore at Arklow Bank.

That figure could be even higher if ambitious plans by Element Power for 40 new wind farms in the midlands materialise. With a proposed investment of €8 billion and the prospect of 3,000 permanent jobs, the company says this vast project would supply 3,000 megawatts of electricity to the British national grid via a pair of dedicated under-sea cables… Read more

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