As recent statistics published by the Department of the Economy demonstrate, Northern Ireland generated almost 35% of its electricity needs from renewable sources in 2017. This is a significant increase from 2016 – more than 9%- and takes us closer to our 2020 renewable electricity target of 40%. Of all renewable electricity generated within Northern Ireland over the 12 month period January – December 2017, 84.3% was generated from wind.
In December 2017, 38.1% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland, and let’s not forget that over 55% of the island’s electricity was generated from wind over the course of an entire day on 14 March. Recent announcements on fossil fuel generation capacity in Nothern Ireland demonstrate that a very real shift is taking place within the electricity market. Interconnection, demand-side management, energy efficiency, network management, new system services and increasing renewable generation are impacting significantly on how our homes and businesses are being powered.