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 September 2022’ 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 commitments in the new Northern Ireland Energy Strategy ‘Path to Net Zero Energy’ which includes a target to meet 70 per cent of electricity consumption from a diverse mix of renewable sources by 2030.
The main results were:
- For the 12 month period October 2021 to September 2022, 49.3 per cent of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland. This represents an increase of 7.2 percentage points on the previous 12 month period (October 2020 to September 2021) and is the second highest rolling 12 month proportion on record.
- In terms of the volume of electricity consumption between October 2021 and September 2022, some 7,550 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of total electricity was consumed in Northern Ireland. Over the same period, some 3,725 GWh was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland. This is the highest rolling 12 month renewables generation volume on record.
- Of all renewable electricity generated within Northern Ireland over the 12 month period October 2021 and September 2022, 84.9 per cent was generated from wind. This compares to 82.4 per cent for the previous 12 month period (October 2020 to September 2021).
- In February 2022, 76.5 per cent of electricity consumption was generated from renewable sources. This is the highest monthly proportion on record.
- For the 12 month period ending September 2022, non-wind renewable electricity generation in Northern Ireland was 561.7 GWh.
The full report is available on the Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation Statistics page.
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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