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 January 2021 to December 2021, 41.3% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland. This represents a decrease of 7.9 percentage points on the previous 12 month period (January 2020 to December 2020)
  • the decrease over this period in the proportion of electricity consumption generated from renewable sources was driven by the reduced volume of wind generation due to lower wind speeds experienced during 2021
  • in terms of the volume of electricity consumption between January 2021 and December 2021, some 7,574 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of total electricity was consumed in Northern Ireland. Over the same period, some 3,131 GWh was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland
  • of all renewable electricity generated within Northern Ireland over the 12 month period January 2021 to December 2021, 82.1% was generated from wind, the lowest wind proportion on record. This compares to 84.9% for the previous 12 month period (January 2020 to December 2020).

The latest Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland report was published on 3 March 2022 and can be accessed at:

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 on 9 June 2022.

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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