The Department for the Economy today published the Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation Statistics for 2021.


Commenting on the statistics, Steven Agnew, Head of RenewableNI said:

“Last year a total of 41.3% of the electricity we used was from renewable sources.  This represents a significant drop from 2020 and while 2021 was a low wind year we are also seeing the outworking of no new large scale renewables being connected for three years.

“The long-awaited Energy Strategy commits to the establishment of a renewable electricity support scheme for Northern Ireland.  It must be progressed as a matter of urgency as it is vital to unlock the generation of greener, lower cost, electricity for everyone.  It can also help to bring £3bn to the Northern Ireland economy.

“In order to realise the full renewable potential, we need a better resourced planning service. RenewableNI is has expressed concern that a poorly resourced planning system puts NI at a significant competitive disadvantage and discourages investment here.”

“A diverse mix of renewables including wind and solar, backed up by zero carbon storage technologies, will bring price stability and energy security while helping us achieve our climate goals.”

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