Tue, 25 Jan 2022

A report detailing the percentage of electricity consumption in Northern Ireland generated from renewable sources was published today.

Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland:

The 'Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland: Year ending June 2021' report details the percentage of electricity consumption in Northern Ireland generated from renewable sources and includes information on the type of renewable generation used. The report reflects performance against the 2011-15 Programme for Government target which was to "Encourage achievement of 20% of electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2015" and the Executive's 2010-20 Strategic Energy Framework which included a target to achieve 40% of electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020.

Main results:

For the 12 month period October 2020 to September 2021, 42.1% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland. This represents a decrease of 5.5 percentage points on the previous 12 month period (October 2019 to September 2020).

The decrease over this period in the proportion of electricity consumption generated from renewable sources was driven largely by the reduced volume of wind generation.

In terms of the volume of electricity consumption between October 2020 and September 2021, some 7,549 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of total electricity was consumed in Northern Ireland. Over the same period, some 3,180 GWh was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland.

Of all renewable electricity generated within Northern Ireland over the 12 month period October 2020 to September 2021, 82.4% was generated from wind. This compares to 84.5% for the previous 12 month period (October 2019 to September 2020).

For the 12 month period ending September 2021, non-wind renewable electricity generation in Northern Ireland was 558.2 GWh.

Reflecting the impacts of Covid-19, the five lowest monthly electricity consumption volumes on record were recorded between April and August 2020.

The full report is available on the Department's website.  

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