Wind Energy Ireland said that wind energy provided 53% of the country's electricity needs last month - the highest share of demand ever achieved by wind in Ireland.

Wind Energy Ireland's February report shows that wind energy was the biggest source of electricity during the entire month.

February 5 also saw a new all-Ireland record for the amount of wind energy on the system at 4,584 MW.

Today's report also highlights the importance of wind energy in cutting the price of wholesale electricity.

It said that during the windiest periods of the month, wholesale prices were almost €100 cheaper per MWh than during less windy days, at €134.25 per MWh, compared to €229.62.

"These results show the ever-increasing importance of wind energy and renewables for the Irish energy sector," Noel Cunniffe, CEO of Wind Energy Ireland, said.

"It is vital that we bring through new wind farms as quickly as possible in the coming months and years to ensure we can consistently achieve figures like this if we are to meet the targets set in the Climate Action Plan," Mr Cunniffe said.

"The fact that wholesale prices fall when wind energy production is high shows that wind energy will play an increasingly important role in the coming months, mitigating the worst effects of the predicted price increases for consumers due to spiralling fossil fuel import prices," he added.

Wind Energy's report also highlighted the dramatic increase in energy prices between February 2021 and 2022, with wholesale electricity prices rising almost three-fold.