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Renewables overtook fossil fuels in EU electricity mix in 2020

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CEO Megawatt-X

Laurent is a Franco-British financier, founder of Megawatt-X, the London-based global platform for Renewable Energy Assets. For the past twenty years, Laurent has been trading and managing...

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Renewables overtook fossil fuels as the European Union’s main source of electricity for the first time in 2020 as new projects came online and coal-power shrank. according a report by EMBER Climate and Agora Wende. Renewable sources such as wind and solar generated 38% percent of the 27-member state bloc’s electricity in 2020, with fossil fuels such as coal and gas contributing 37%.  Coal-fired power generation fell 20% in 2020 and has halved since 2015 as low electricity prices amid the pandemic lockdowns and high carbon price made some coal plants unprofitable to run compared with cheaper renewable generation.

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Matt Chester on Jan 25, 2021

What an encouraging graph! Obviously there's more nuance to dig into: growth of wind/solar whereas hydro/geo doesn't have much continued room for growth, the role natural gas is playing (I'm assuming it's growing but just being offset in the 'fossil fuel' category by coal's losses?), and then the nuclear part of the equation. But these are the general trends that we like to see-- thanks for sharing!

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