Energy consumption in Ireland

The most important measure in the energy balance of Ireland is the total consumption of
23.79 billion kWh
of electric energy per year. Per capita this is an average of 5,009 kWh.


Ireland could provide itself completely with self-produced energy. The total production of all electric energy producing facilities is 25 bn kWh, which is 106% of the countries own usage. Despite this, Ireland is trading energy with foreign countries. Along with pure consumptions the production, imports and exports play an important role. Other energy sources such as natural gas or crude oil are also used.

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Energy Balance

ElectricitytotalIreland
per capita
Compared to Europe
per capita
Own consumption23.79 bn kWh5,008.66 kWh5,412.25 kWh
Production25.20 bn kWh5,305.51 kWh5,831.12 kWh
Import871.00 m kWh183.38 kWh731.24 kWh
Export1.58 bn kWh333.28 kWh719.23 kWh
Natural GasCubic meters
Ireland
per capita

Compared to Europe
per capita
Own consumption5.06 bn m³1,065.31 m³1,164.59 m³
Production132.00 m m³27.79 m³445.87 m³
Import4.23 bn m³891.41 m³759.89 m³



Carbon footprint

totalIreland
per capita
Compared to Europe
per capita
CO2 emissions in 201434.07 m t7.17 t5.40 t


Development of CO2 emissions from 1980 to 2014 in million tons





Production capacities per energy source

The given production capacities for electric energy have a theoretical value, which could only be obtainable under ideal conditions. They are measuring the generatable amount of energy, that would be reached under permanent and full use of all capacities of all power plants. In practice this isn't possible, because e.g. solar collectors are less efficient unter clouds. Also wind- and water-power plants are not always operating under full load. All these values are only useful in relation to other energy sources or countries.

Energy sourcetotal
in Ireland
percentage
in Ireland
percentage
in Europe
per capita
in Ireland
per capita
in Europe
Fossil fuels57.01 bn kWh68,1 %48,9 %12,003.27 kWh7,994.86 kWh
Nuclear power0.00 kWh0,0 %7,2 %0.00 kWh1,185.87 kWh
Water power2.09 bn kWh2,5 %23,4 %440.65 kWh3,829.91 kWh
Renewable energy24.86 bn kWh29,7 %16,2 %5,234.91 kWh2,655.34 kWh
Total production capacity83.72 bn kWh100,0 %100,0 %17,625.95 kWh16,362.15 kWh


Usage of renewable energies

Renewable energies include wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energy sources. This means all energy sources that renew themselves within a short time or are permanently available. Energy from hydropower is only partly a renewable energy. This is certainly the case with river or tidal power plants. Otherwise, numerous dams or reservoirs also produce mixed forms, e.g. by pumping water into their reservoirs at night and recovering energy from them during the day when there is an increased demand for electricity. Since it is not possible to clearly determine the amount of generated energy, all energies from hydropower are displayed separately.

In 2015, renewable energies accounted for around 9.1 percent of actual total consumption .inCountry().. The following chart shows the percentage share from 1990 to 2015: