Renewables overtook fossil fuels in EU electricity mix in 2020
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- Jan 25, 2021 4:46 pm GMTJan 25, 2021 4:11 pm GMT
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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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