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Ireland: Installed Capacity, Generation and Consumption [free access]

February 17, 2017

The Republic of Ireland had an estimated installed generation capacity of 10,652 MW at the end of 2016. During 2012–2016, the installed capacity increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.4 per cent, driven by additions in the renewable energy segment.

 

The majority of the country’s present generation capacity is based on fossil fuels (gas, oil, coal and peat), most of which are imported. The country is presently following a policy of diversifying its energy mix to include a greater number of renewable energy sources, particularly wind. As a result, the installed renewable energy capacity in the country has increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12 per cent between 2012 and 2016.

 

Table 1: Growth in Ireland's installed electricity capacity (MW)

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016E

Large hydro and thermal

6,687

6,679

           6,686

           6,943

7,592

Renewable

1,961

1,958

           2,519

           2,725

3,060

Total

8,648

8,637

9,205

9,668

10,652

Note:  Figures for 2016 are based on expected capacity mentioned in EirGrid’s All-Island Generation Capacity Statement 2016-25.

Source: Eirgrid; ENTSO–E; Global Transmission Research

 

In 2016, power consumption in the Republic of Ireland was estimated at 27,761 GWh. During 2012–16, power consumption grew at a CAGR of 2 per cent.

 

Figure 1: Growth in electricity consumption in Ireland (GWh)

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Note: 2016 consumption data is the expected demand under the low scenario as per EirGrid’s All-Island Generation Capacity Statement 2016-25

Source: Eirgrid; ENTSO–E; Global Transmission Research