31 Jan '18, 8pm

For the First Time, Renewables Produce More Electricity in the EU Than Coal

The report, issued by the think tanks Agora Energiewende and Sandbag , said that last year wind, solar, and biomass produced 20.9 percent of electricity in the EU, as compared to 20.6 percent for coal and 19.7 percent for natural gas. Nuclear energy remained the single-largest source of electricity production, generating 25.6 percent of the EU’s power. The report said that the UK and Germany continued to be the main drivers of growth in renewable energy, with the two nations accounting for 56 percent of the EU’s overall growth in renewable energy over the past three years. Given the bloc’s steady growth in renewable energy, the report said that the EU can realistically expect to produce 50 percent of its electricity from wind, solar, and biomass by 2030. Noting the steady decline of coal, the report said, “This is incredible progress, considering just five years ago coal g...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/for-the-first-time-renewables...

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