Sunday May 31, 2020

Wind farms generate more energy than grid can handle

Several turbines had to be powered down over first three months of 2020 when record amounts of wind-generated renewable energy couldn‘t be captured

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

@danieltmurray
24th May, 2020
A spokesman for Eirgrid, the state-owned power transmission operator, said the power downs were substantially higher in the first quarter of this year than last year

Eirgrid ordered more power-downs of wind turbines throughout the first quarter of this year than in any previous year, the Business Post can reveal.

With record levels of wind-generated electricity in early 2020, Eirgrid and the System Operator for Northern Ireland (Soni) had to order several wind turbines to switch off as the electricity grid could not handle the volume of renewables being generated.

Several solar farms, all located in the North, were also ordered...

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