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Northern Ireland on course to reach renewable energy target

NIE’s Paul Stapleton with Charlie and Eva Hume at the launch of the NIE Networks stand at this month’s Balmoral Show
NIE’s Paul Stapleton with Charlie and Eva Hume at the launch of the NIE Networks stand at this month’s Balmoral Show

By Staff Reporter

Northern Ireland is set to reach its renewable energy target of 40% next year as figures reveal green power consumption here has already reached 38%.

The Renewable Energy Sources for Electricity's (RES-E) latest statistics for energy consumption here shows that almost 40% of our electric use comes from renewable sources, one year ahead of 2020's target.

NIE Networks, which has provided the connections for the renewable sources, is also forecasting an estimated 110,000 electric vehicles and more than 50,000 heat pumps will connect to the distribution network here by 2030.

Launching the company's presence at the upcoming Balmoral Show from May 15-18, Paul Stapleton, managing director for NIE, said the target would not have been achievable without the support of agricultural and rural-based customers. He said: "Carbon reduction targets, renewable energy, electric vehicles and heat pumps are placing new and increased demands on our network so at such a critical time for the energy industry it is very encouraging that we are on course to meet the RES-E target.

"Meeting the target wouldn't have been possible though without the partnership of our customers, particularly those in the agricultural industry."

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