European Renewables Production Already Exceeds Fossil Fuels

For the second year in a row, in the first and second quarters of 2019, renewable sources generated more electricity than all fossil fuels combined.

Sources of renewable energy outweigh again to fossil fuels in Europe. In fact, in the first six months of the year, European electricity production was greener than fossil, although the performance was slightly lower than the same period in 2018. This is confirmed by analysts at EnAppSys who, in a new report (text in English), examine the contribution of each individual resource in the electricity market.

The report reveals how hydroelectric, wind, solar and biomass energy generated 265.2 TWh of electricity in the first quarter of 2019, compared to 233.6 TWh produced by gas, coal, oil and peat.

And the gap grew even deeper from April to June, when 245.8 TWh of renewables had to collide with just 202.7 TWh of electricity from fossil fuels. These results confirm a pattern already seen in 2018. However, last year, renewable energies generated 288.4 TWh in the first quarter and 252.8 TWh in the second, compared to 258.9 TWh and 224.8 TWh of fossil fuels respectively.

This is because the energy production mix in Europe has largely stabilized with green energy levels no longer experiencing large increases and with the balance between coal and gas remaining largely static. The document states that the transition from the old incentive systems to the new support mechanisms partly explains the slowdown in recent years and the immobility of the market. This is due to the difficulty of some countries to switch from coal to gas due to lack of supplies and specific infrastructure.

Specifically, if hydroelectric energy is excluded, wind is the green source with the highest percentage of generation, followed at a distance by solar energy (6.5%) and biomass (3.4%), with 11 ,5 %. On the other hand, nuclear energy is the one that contributes the most, with a share of 28.2% of European electricity production. Lastly, coal represented 14.7% and gas 17%.

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