Most people in rural communities say they would support the construction of wind farms in their area, according to an industry survey.
Energy companies plan to invest billions of euros in the construction of on- and off-shore wind farms as the Republic bets heavily on renewable electricity to align its greenhouse gas emissions with the targets agreed by the EU.
Industry body, the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA), said a recent study shows that 52% of people in rural Ireland would support plans to build a wind farm in their area, while 15% would oppose such a decision.
According to the association’s Public Attitudes Monitor for November 2020, 82% of the inhabitants of the Republic support wind energy, while one in two “strongly favors” it. The opposition stands at 4 percent.
Commenting on the results, IWEA CEO Dr David Connolly argued that wind is a clean, cheap and popular source of energy.
“Last year we supplied almost 40% of Ireland’s electricity demand and today’s poll shows support for wind power is stronger than ever,” he said. -he declares.
“It is clear that the Irish want to see more renewable energy to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions, lower the price of electricity in the wholesale market and create jobs at home instead of importing fossil fuels. ”
The government wants renewable energies to generate 70% of all electricity used in the Republic by 2030.
The wind is probably the biggest contributor to this. Last year, it produced almost 40% of the electricity used here.
However, the low wind speed prevented many farms from providing electricity during a peak in demand earlier this month.