Renewables overtake fossil fuel power generation in the EU

In the first half of 2020, the 27 countries of the European Union generated 40 percent of their electricity from wind, solar, hydro and biomass. For the first time, renewables have thus overtaken fossil fuels, which accounted for 34 percent of electricity generation in the same period. In the second half of 2019, renewables had still lagged behind fossil fuels with 34 against 39 percent. This is the result of a recent analysis by British community interest company Ember (Sandbag Climate Campaign CIC). Ember has been preparing its report every six months for the past seven years on the basis of data from the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (Entso-E).
Wind power and PV alone accounted for 21 percent of EU electricity production in H1-2020, with the highest shares in Denmark (64 percent), Ireland (49 percent) and Germany (42 percent). Overall, electricity generation from renewables increased by eleven percent compared with the second half of 2019. At the same time, fossil-fuel power generation – especially coal but also gas – decreased significantly, falling by 18 percent overall.
Ember cites weather-driven high electricity yields from renewables combined with a substantial increase in generating capacity as the main reason for this development. Their relative share rose significantly (by seven percent), in part also due to lower overall power demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. © PHOTON

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