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Prolonged cold spells were experienced in Ireland in the winters of 2009-10 and 2010-11, and electricity demand was relatively high at these times, whilst wind generation capacity factors were low. Such situations can cause difficulties for an electricity system with a high dependence on wind energy. Studying the atmospheric conditions associated with these two winters offers insights into the large-scale drivers for cold, calm spells, and helps to evaluate if they are rare events over thedoi:10.1088/1748-9326/aabd40 fatcat:uehm3e5jfjdflpgur5d7fgbmau