The amount of electricity generated by wind in August was up over 70% when compared to the same month last year, new figures show.

The report from Wind Energy Ireland reveals that wind generation in Ireland hit a new record last month, while July also surpassed previous monthly records.

The latest figures mean that Irish wind farms provided 32% of the island's electricity over the first eight months of 2023.

The average wholesale price of electricity in Ireland per megawatt-hour during August was €106.46, down 72% from €387.63 in August 2022.

"Affordability is really important as well as reducing our reliance on fossil fuels," said Noel Cunniffe, CEO of Wind Energy Ireland.

"The continued annual fall in wholesale electricity prices is welcome news and we are gradually starting to see these price reductions being passed onto consumers in their energy bills," he added.

Mr Cunniffe said he believes the quicker we can build wind farms, the sooner we can rely on Irish renewable energy to provide our electricity.

"We know that not a single onshore wind farm has received planning permission from An Bord Pleanála in the last 12 months. This is a blueprint for failure," he said.

Wind Energy Ireland is calling on the Government to invest greater resources in our planning system as part of the Budget in October.

"Without this vital investment, we will fail to grow the amount of indigenous energy we produce, fail to continue decreasing wholesale electricity prices, and put at risk our ability to reach our legally binding climate targets," Mr Cunniffe said.