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 – March 2014, was issued on 25 September 2014. Updated publications are released twice per year: in March, reporting on data for the previous calendar year and in June reporting on data for the previous financial year.

This publication 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 includes a target to achieve 40% of electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020.

Latest Publication

The latest results show that:

  • For the 12 month period April 2018 to March 2019, 38.6% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland. This represents an increase of 2.1 percentage points on the previous 12 month period (April 2017 to March 2018) and is the highest rolling 12 month proportion on record.
  • In terms of the volume of electricity consumption, between April 2018 and March 2019 approximately 7,809 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of total electricity was consumed in Northern Ireland.  Of this, some 3,012 GWh was generated from renewable sources within Northern Ireland. This is the highest rolling 12 month volume of renewable electricity generated on record.
  • Of all renewable electricity generated within Northern Ireland over the 12 month period April 2018 to March 2019, 83.0% was generated from wind.  This compares to 84.8% for the previous 12 month period (April 2017 to March 2018).

The latest bi-annual Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland publication was published on 6th June 2019 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 at 9.30am on Thursday 5th September 2019.

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 & Economic Research

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