New EU renewables generation increased sharply in 2017, but the lion’s share of these gains were shouldered by the UK and Germany, demonstrating the “uneven” nature of energy sector decarbonisation across Europe. That was the main conclusion of a new analysis by think tank Sandbag, which details how new wind, solar and biomass generation rose 12 per cent last year to overtake coal power generation for the first time across the EU.
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The EU got less electricity from coal than renewables in 2017. For the first time, the European Union generated more electricity from wind, solar and biomass than from coal in 2017, according to new analysis from two thinktanks. The figures, from London-based Sandbag and Berlin-based Agora Energiewende, are a best estimate, based on near-complete electricity market data from each of the 28 EU member states. Their report says: “This is incredible progress, considering just five years ago coal generation was more than twice that of wind, solar and biomass.” Despite this new milestone, EU power sector emissions were unchanged in 2017, the analysis suggests. Low-carbon sources met 56% of demand, a figure that is unchanged since 2014. While renewables rise and coal falls precipitously, one relatively constant feature of the EU’s power sector has been nuclear. In 2017, it was once again the single-largest source of electricity, generating 25.6% of the bloc’s power, as the chart shows.
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