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NI Renewable Energy 2020

NI Renewable Energy 2020 4 March 2021

Renewable generation hits another major milestone

 Morrow Communications via Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Almost half (49.2%) of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland last year was generated from renewable sources – an increase of 5.6% on previous year

84.9% of this was generated from wind

Commenting on the latest Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland published by DfE here, Steven Agnew, Head of the RenewableNI said;

“This remarkable milestone demonstrates the commitment from all those in the renewables industry to help reach our decarbonisation targets while at the same time creating jobs, supporting the economy and local communities.

In the last two decades, renewable electricity has resulted in a net £135 million benefit to consumers, a 9 million tonne reduction in carbon emissions and the creation of 2,000 jobs.

The focus now needs to be on how we can increase these benefits further. By setting an 80% target for renewable electricity generation by 2030, we can stimulate over £1billion of direct investment in new projects.

Industry and government are working together to create a cohesive energy strategy that delivers for consumers and greenhouse gas reductions need to meet our climate ambitions. This needs to include an effective route to market to support renewables and an efficient planning system that facilitates the delivery of net zero.”