Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland: Year Ending June 2021

Date published: 02 September 2021

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

Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland: Year Ending June 2021
Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland: Year Ending June 2021

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 July 2020 to June 2021, 45.4% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland. This represents a decrease of 2.3 percentage points on the previous 12 month period (July 2019 to June 2020).
  • In terms of the volume of electricity consumption between July 2020 and June 2021, some 7,515 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of total electricity was consumed in Northern Ireland. Over the same period, some 3,411 GWh was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland.
  • Reflecting the impacts of Covid-19, the five lowest monthly electricity consumption volumes on record were recorded between April and August 2020.
  • Of all renewable electricity generated within Northern Ireland over the 12-month period July 2020 to June 2021, 83.6% was generated from wind. This compares to 84.8% for the previous 12-month period (July 2019 to June 2020).
  • For the 12-month period ending June 2021, non-wind renewable electricity generation in Northern Ireland was 560.3 GWh.

The full report is available on the DfE website.    

Notes to editors: 

  1. The information presented in the report is derived from data provided to DfE on a monthly basis by Northern Ireland Networks Ltd (NIE Networks). The monthly renewable electricity generation data is derived by aggregating output from renewable electricity generators who are connected to the transmission and distribution network using a combination of data held by NIE Networks and the System Operator for Northern Ireland (SONI). The renewable electricity generation data details the total amount of renewable electricity generated by such generators in Northern Ireland, by type of generation, for each month.
  2. There are some forms of renewable generation which are not covered by the data contained in the report. Due to their particular circumstances, neither NIE Networks nor SONI have information on the electricity generated by some renewable generators. These include microgenerators and a small number of generating stations that are unable to export electricity to the grid (non-export stations).
  3. Electricity consumption refers to the total amount of electricity consumption in Northern Ireland as recorded via metered data by NIE Networks.
  4. Electricity generated from renewable sources refers to renewable generators physically located within Northern Ireland and recorded by NIE Networks and SONI. It excludes microgeneration, non-export generating stations and any imported electricity derived from known or unknown renewable sources.
  5. General information on the Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation for Northern Ireland report can be obtained from Sean Donnelly, DfE Analytical Services by email at sean.donnelly@economy-ni.gov.uk or by telephone on 028 9052 9793.
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