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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: Year Ending September 2022

The 'Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland: Year ending September 2022' 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 commitments in the new Northern Ireland Energy Strategy 'Path to Net Zero Energy' which includes a target to meet 70% of electricity consumption from a diverse mix of renewable sources by 2030.

The main results were:

  • For the 12 month period October 2021 to September 2022, 49.3% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland. This represents an increase of 7.2 percentage points on the previous 12 month period (October 2020 to September 2021) and is the second highest rolling 12 month proportion on record.

  • In terms of the volume of electricity consumption between October 2021 and September 2022, some 7,550 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of total electricity was consumed in Northern Ireland. Over the same period, some 3,725 GWh was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland. This is the highest rolling 12 month renewables generation volume on record.

  • Of all renewable electricity generated within Northern Ireland over the 12 month period October 2021 and September 2022, 84.9% was generated from wind. This compares to 82.4% for the previous 12 month period (October 2020 to September 2021).

  • In February 2022, 76.5% of electricity consumption was generated from renewable sources. This is the highest monthly proportion on record.

  • For the 12 month period ending September 2022, non-wind renewable electricity generation in Northern Ireland was 561.7 GWh.

The full report is available on the DfE website.  

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