Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in NI: Year Ending June 2020
A report detailing the percentage of electricity consumption in Northern Ireland generated from renewable sources has been published today
The ‘Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland: Year ending June 2020’ 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.
For the 12 month period July 2019 to June 2020, 47.7% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland. This represents an increase of 3.6 percentage points on the previous 12 month period (July 2018 to June 2019) and is the highest rolling 12 month proportion on record.
In terms of the volume of electricity consumption between July 2019 and June 2020, some 7,505 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of total electricity was consumed in Northern Ireland. Over the same period, some 3,577 GWh of electricity was generated from renewable sources within Northern Ireland.
Reflecting the impacts of Covid-19, the three lowest monthly electricity consumption volumes on record were recorded in April, May and June 2020.
Of all renewable electricity generated within Northern Ireland over the 12 month period July 2019 to June 2020, 84.8% was generated from wind. This compares to 85.3% for the previous 12 month period (July 2018 to June 2019).
The full report is available at:
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.