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Northern Ireland record highs for wind power

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Northern Ireland has had a record – breaking year for wind power production according to new figures released.

On the 17th December 2013 at 18:30 GMT the highest ever level was recorded, showing 506MW of electricity generated which represents 36% of the total electricity needed.

The Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group (NIRIG) said the “significant milestone” was the first time wind energy broke through the 500MW capacity.

Gary Connolly, Outgoing Chairman of NIRIG said: “Throughout December, wind energy regularly contributed upwards of 40% of Northern Ireland electricity demand.

“These record-breaking levels were facilitated by an additional 59.8MW of wind energy being connected to the electricity grid in 2013, bringing our total installed wind farm capacity to 531.4MW, which equates to 345,410 homes being powered.”

There are currently 750 personnel in the wind, waves and tidal sectors there.

Northern Ireland’s target is to generate 40% of it’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

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