18 Jan '12, 11pm

First-ever Terawatt-Hours Tally of Renewable Energy Released

First-ever Terawatt-Hours Tally of Renewable Energy Released

Renewable energy generated between 665 and 673 terawatt-hours of electricity in the EU in 2010. With total energy consumption of between 3,115 and 3,175 terawatt-hours, this means that clean energy supplied about 21% of all the EU electricity used in 2010. In an effective rebuttal to those who constantly pooh-pooh renewable energy capacity as “just nameplate capacity”, the figures were released in terawatt-hours of electricity actually produced and consumed in a year, since power generation is the bottom line for any form of electricity. This – yet more – evidence of the success of policy that enforces the addition of renewable power in the EU was published in a story by the European Wind Energy Association last week, based on data on renewable energy generation collected over several years. The EU’s 2004 Renewable Electricity Directive set a target of getting 21% electric...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/01/18/first-ever-terawatt-h...

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