Renewable electricity generation exceeded fossil fuel generation for the first time ever in Europe

Renewable energy sources – sun, wind, water and biomass – have generated more electricity than fossil fuel technologies in the EU since the beginning of this year. This data was presented by experts from the British company Ember, summing up the results of the European power industry in the first half of 2020. This is an achievement, because for the first time the share of renewable energy sources in generation was 40%, while the share of fossil fuels was 34%.

The company experts also note in their report that the production of power plants based on renewable energy sources has grown by 11%, while the total share of solar and wind energy has reached a new level of 22% (in 2019 – 17.6%). But in some countries this figure is much higher. Thus, Denmark, one of the European leaders in the development of renewable energy, shows the 64% indicators of the total share of wind and sun since the beginning of the year.

The following facts are also worth mentioning: in the first half of 2020, the output of power plants using coal, natural gas and oil products decreased by 18%, while coal generation decreased by 32%.

Analysts associate such a rapid growth in the share of renewable energy sources with the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But at the same time, experts are confident that the development of renewable energy is a modern and obvious trend that will only continue to grow. 

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