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NI electricity renewables 11 June 2019

Two fifths of NI electricity from renewables (via BBC News)

Almost 40% of the electricity generated in NI last year came from renewables, according to government statistics.

Power from about 82 wind farms in Northern Ireland was the main source.

Figures from the Department for the Economy show that between April 2018 and March 2019, 38.6% of NI electricity was generated by those farms, and from the likes of biogas and biomass.

It is a slight increase on last year’s figure, edging closer to Stormont’s target of 40% renewable energy by 2020.

But separate statistics show that there has been a huge reduction in the number of renewable installations in the planning system.

That has been put down to the ending of Northern Ireland’s system of support payments and problems connecting to the grid.

Some 58 renewable energy applications were received by planners in 2018 – the lowest figure since 2003/4.

Most of them were for single wind turbines.

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