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Can a devolved region lead the way in renewable liquid fuels for heat?

In Northern Ireland the mood music would suggest so. While it is part of the UK, energy policy is devolved and, with over 60% of homes here (c.500,00) dependent on a liquid fuel, the dynamic is somewhat different to GB where a liquid fuel makes up less than 4% of the market.

Can a devolved region lead the way in renewable liquid fuels for heat?

Add into the mix that 70% of bungalows, 50% of semis, 53% of detached and 44% of terraces are in SAP bands D – G the size and scale of the challenge of delivering an electric future becomes evident.

Between 2010 and 2020, renewable energy development in Northern Ireland (NI) has been largely steered by two targets:

  • Achieving 40% electricity consumption from renewable generation by 2020
  • Achieving 10% heat consumption from renewable generation by 2020

Both targets were part of the Strategic Energy Framework 2010 to . . .

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