The amount of onshore wind power connected to the Northern Ireland grid has breached the 1 gigawatt (GW) mark for the first time, meaning almost a quarter of the region’s electricity comes the renewable energy source. Fresh data from NI Electricity Network has revealed the surge in connections just weeks after official figures showed that onshore wind rose to make up over 22pc of Northern Ireland’s electricity in the 12 months to the end of March. By contrast, onshore wind makes up only 6pc of the electricity mix across the UK as a whole. The climate-sceptic Democratic Unionist Party has presided over the onshore wind boom despite its political ambivalence to environmental concerns.
Telegraph 26th June 2017 read more »