EU grows electricity supply from renewable energy

February 14th, 2018

As the world attempts to reduce usage of fossil fuel, a new analysis indicates that electricity generated by European Union from renewable sources such as wind, solar and biomass soared more than coal in 2017, with renewables accounting for over 30per cent of Europea��s electricity for the first time.
The report by Sandbag and Agora Energiewende shows that a�?incredible progressa�? has been made to outstrip use of coal power by wind, solar and biomass in just five years.
In a study titled a�?European Power Sector in 2017a�?, it reveals that countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom lead in the march towards renewable technologies.
a�?EU renewables growth has been increasingly reliant on the success story of wind in Germany, the UK and Denmark, which has been inspiring. If all countries in Europe engage in this, 35per cent renewable energy by 2030 is entirely possible. Solar deployment in particular is still surprisingly low, and needs to respond to the massive falls in costs,a�? said Matthias Buck Director of European Energy Policy, Agora Energiewende.
The growing share of renewables in the continenta��s energy mix is set to further bolster global climate action in line with the central goal of the Paris Agreement, which is to keep the rise in global average temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius and as close as possible to 1.5 degrees. Power generation from renewable sources is crucial to reducing carbon emissions and achieving the temperature goal.
Wind, solar and biomass rose to 20.9% of the EU electricity mix, up from just 9.7% in 2010, and represents an average growth of 1.7 percentage points per year. The report projects that renewables could provide a third of Europe’s electricity in 2018, and by 2020 renewables may account for 36% of Europe’s power demand a�� up from 20% in 2010.

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