A report detailing the percentage of electricity consumption in Northern Ireland generated from renewable sources was published today.
The ‘Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland: Year ending March 2023’ 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 aids reporting on performance against the commitments in the Northern Ireland Energy Strategy ‘Path to Net Zero Energy’ and the Climate Change Act target which is to “ensure that at least 80% of electricity consumption is from renewable sources by 2030.”
- For the 12 month period January April 2022 to March 2023, 48.5% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland. This represents an increase of 4.6 percentage points on the previous 12 month period (April 2021 to March 2022).
- In terms of the volume of electricity consumption between April 2022 and March 2023, some 7,471 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of total electricity was consumed in Northern Ireland. Over the same period, some 3,620 GWh was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland.
- Of all renewable electricity generated within Northern Ireland over the 12 month period April 2022 to March 2023, 84.7% was generated from wind. This compares to 83.0% for the previous 12 month period (April 2021 to March 2022).
- For the 12 month period ending March 2023, non-wind renewable electricity generation in Northern Ireland was 555 GWh with 3,065 GWh from wind renewable generation.
The full report is available on the Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation Statistics page 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. Some forms of renewable generation 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. Transmission and distribution losses are not included in consumption calculations.
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.
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