top of page

‘Clean Green Energy Supply Improving’, says Matthews

Deputy Steven Matthews, Green Party TD for Wicklow, was speaking following the publication of a report from Wind Energy Ireland revealing that wind energy provided 21% of Ireland’s electricity in July, a two-fold increase compared with the demand met by wind energy in the same month in 2021.

“This significant increase in the production of wind energy is very welcome. The latest figures from Wind Energy Ireland show that wind has provided 34% of Ireland’s electricity so far in 2022. This is incredible progress and demonstrates the commitment of the Government and our sectoral partners to accelerating the transition to renewable sources of energy and achieving our climate objectives.

“Climate action and environmental protection is a priority of the Green Party and while in Government we have introduced legally-binding commitments to reducing carbon emissions by 51% by 2030 and reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. The Climate Action Plan sets out how we will do this and outlines the opportunities and challenges across all sectors, including in transport, agriculture and energy.

“Progressing the development of wind energy is a key commitment of this Government. We have increased our targets for the production of wind energy from 5GW to 7GW by the end of the decade and passed legislation for a major plan-led investment in offshore wind development. This will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, create new Green jobs and lower energy prices for households and businesses. The climate crisis is now, and it is essential that we meet our target to secure 80% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

“Wind Energy Ireland’s monthly report indicates that we are moving in the right direction in terms of developing energy resilience and ensuring independence from imported fossil fuels. We must continue to support the development of wind energy infrastructure over the next decade as we work to protect the planet for our children and for future generations. If anyone has questions about the Government’s renewable energy policies, I would encourage them to get in touch with me directly and I will offer any support I can”, Deputy Matthews concluded.



bottom of page