Friday, 8th December, 2023
Friday, 8th December, 2023

Renewable energy surpasses fossil fuels for European electricity in 2020

Europeans received more of their electricity from renewable sources than from fossil fuels for the first time last year, according to an annual report from Ember and Agora Energiewende.

The report, which monitors the EU’s power sector since 2015, found that renewables supplied 338% of electricity last year, compared to 337% supplied by fossil fuels.

This change is due to the rise of other sources in the European Union such as wind and solar power. Both sources have almost doubled since 2015, and the EU countries accounted for one-fifth of power generation as of last year. Only 13% of the electricity generated in Europe was coal power, down from 20% last year.

“Rapid growth between wind and solar has forced coal to decline, but this is just the beginning,” Dave Jones, a senior power analyst at Amber and lead author of the report, said in a statement.

“Europe is not only phasing out coal by 2030, but is also phasing out gas production to increase demand for electricity from electric vehicles, heat pumps and electrolyzers, replacing nuclear power plants and relying on wind to meet the demand for electric vehicles.”

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