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Analysis shows that for almost two-thirds (64%) of the month, wind energy met more than 50% of the total electricity demand in the region (stock photo)

Analysis shows that for almost two-thirds (64%) of the month, wind energy met more than 50% of the total electricity demand in the region (stock photo)

Analysis shows that for almost two-thirds (64%) of the month, wind energy met more than 50% of the total electricity demand in the region (stock photo)

Electricity operator SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland) has revealed it has continued its record-breaking streak with more electricity generated by wind in February than ever before.

February saw a staggering 359 Gigawatt hours of renewable electricity generated by wind turbines here - equivalent to 54% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland coming from wind during the month.

This is a 7% increase on the previous record, which was set in January this year.

Analysis also shows that for almost two-thirds (64%) of the month, wind energy met more than 50% of the total electricity demand in the region.

While the figures can be attributed in part to storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge, they are also evidence that SONI's world leading innovation programme to manage more renewable energy on the electricity system is working.

SONI figures also reveal that renewable energy met 41% of the electricity demand here in the 12-month rolling period to the end of January 2020, ahead of Northern Ireland's renewable target of 40% renewable energy by the end of 2020.

SONI managing director Jo Aston said: "The progress that Northern Ireland has made in the past 15 years is truly incredible when you consider that renewable energy accounted for just 3% of demand in 2005.

"As we look to deliver our new strategy to contribute to reducing the carbon footprint further, we are reassured by and proud of exceeding wind generation records and reaching renewable energy targets."

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