On a Sunday late last month, 55 per cent of Europe’s power was delivered by wind, solar, and hydroelectric sources. That is the headline conclusion from a new update from the Wärtsilä Energy Transition Lab, which confirms renewables records have toppled right across Europe in the past few weeks, with levels of clean power that were once widely regarded as incompatible with current grid architecture seamlessly integrated into the continent’s energy system. The real time energy monitoring app, which is provided by Finnish smart tech specialist Wärtsilä, reveals that Germany hit 58 per cent renewable generation throughout May as a share of total electricity supply, while the UK averaged a 48 per cent renewables share. On April 30th, Spain’s renewable generation reached a record 74 per cent share, an increase of 23 percentage points on the annual average that resulted in nuclear power output being dialled down to make room for peak renewable power generation. Meanwhile, France saw a 31 per cent share for renewables in May – a result which lags behind its neighbours but is still almost 10 percentage points higher than May last year. The run of records are the result of a combination of favourable weather conditions and the coronavirus crisis leading to a 10 per cent fall in energy demand across the continent on a year-on-year basis.
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