Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation Statistics

Statistics and publications on Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland are published by Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency statisticians within the Department for the Economy's (DfE) Analytical Services Unit (ASU).

Overview

Statistics on Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland are published by NISRA statisticians within DfE’s Analytical Services Unit (ASU). The first publication, covering the financial year April 2013 to March 2014, was issued on 25 September 2014. Updated publications are currently released quarterly: in March, June, September and December. 

This publication reflects performance against the 2011-15 Programme for Government target which was to “Encourage achievement of 20 per cent of electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2015” and the Executive’s 2010-20 Strategic Energy Framework which includes a target to achieve 40 per cent of electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020.

Latest publication

The latest results show that:

  • For the 12 month period July 2019 to June 2020, 47.7 per cent of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland. This represents an increase of 3.6 percentage points on the previous 12 month period (July 2018 to June 2019) and is the highest rolling 12 month proportion on record.
  • In terms of the volume of electricity consumption between July 2019 and June 2020, some 7,505 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of total electricity was consumed in Northern Ireland. Over the same period, some 3,577 GWh of electricity was generated from renewable sources within Northern Ireland.
  • Reflecting the impacts of Covid-19, the three lowest monthly electricity consumption volumes on record were recorded in April, May and June 2020.
  • Of all renewable electricity generated within Northern Ireland over the 12 month period July 2019 to June 2020, 84.8 per cent was generated from wind. This compares to 85.3 per cent for the previous 12 month period (July 2018 to June 2019).

The latest Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland publication was published on 3 September 2020 and can be accessed at the link below:

Previous publications

Copies of previous Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland publications can be accessed below:

Next publication

The next Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland publication will be issued in December 2020.

Data tables

Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation data tables for Northern Ireland are available for download in Excel format at the following link:

Pre-release Access

Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland statistics are circulated to a limited number of pre-release access recipients in line with the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order (Northern Ireland) 2009.  

Contact Details

Sean Donnelly
Telephone: 02890 529793
Email: sean.donnelly@economy-ni.gov.uk

Statistics and Economic Research

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