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Wind Energy

Ireland is committed to a low carbon future and Bord na Móna is working to help achieve this objective

Bord na Móna was established by the Irish government in 1946 to strengthen the security of energy supply and stimulate the economy of the Midlands. Nearly seventy years on and the harvesting of peat from our industrial peatlands is at a turning point. As many bogs have yielded the last of their peat harvests and are now cutaway, the company must plan a new and beneficial use for these lands.

One of the main uses we see of these cutaways is the development of onshore wind farms, accompanied in some areas with natural recolonisation and the creation of biodiversity and amenity uses. The use of cutaway bog land to develop wind farms would ensure that this land continues to produce energy, in a clean, low carbon form.

Why Wind Energy?

Electricity is the very life blood of a modern economy and is essential to both our economic and social well-being. At a fundamental level, we need electricity to live, work and play. The world finds itself is in a situation where there are rising concerns over energy security, global warming and eventual fossil fuel depletion – leading to an increased interest in all forms of renewable energy, particularly wind power.

Wind is a significant renewable resource which can be deployed in a cost effective manner in Ireland and can secure our energy future in a sustainable way.

In 2009, the EU introduced the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC), encouraging the creation of forms of power that are less harmful to the environment. This Directive means that by 2020, 20% of energy used across the EU must be renewable. Each Member State now has a target defining how much of the energy it consumes must be renewable by this deadline.

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Mountlucas Wind Farm – A New Energy Story

In March 2015, Bord na Móna switched on a new more sustainable energy supply when it opened the Mountlucas Wind Farm. Situated in the Midlands of Ireland, the 84MW wind energy facility can supply the Irish grid with enough electricity to power 45,000 homes. Renewable energy, like that produced at Mountlucas, is contributing to Ireland’s EU targets and helping to decarbonise the Irish power supply.

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Mountlucas Wind Farm – A New Energy Story

In March 2015, Bord na Móna switched on a new more sustainable energy supply when it opened the Mountlucas Wind Farm. Situated in the Midlands of Ireland, the 84MW wind energy facility can supply the Irish grid with enough electricity to power 45,000 homes. Renewable energy, like that produced at Mountlucas, is contributing to Ireland’s EU targets and helping to decarbonise the Irish power supply.

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