Renewables could generate 50% of Europe’s power in 2030

Renewables could generate 50% of Europe’s power in 2030

Wind power enjoyed a record year in 2017, as more offshore capacity was installed than ever before. Renewable energy in general also continued to grow and the EU generated more electricity from clean sources than coal for the very first time.

Europe’s wind power generation had a bumper 12 months last year, after 3,148MW was installed at sea and connected to the grid, twice the total for 2016 and 4% higher than the previous record year (2015).

Trade association WindEurope, predicts in its wrap-up for the year that the coming two years will also set records for connected capacity, due to large-scale pending projects in the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium.

But after that, the future could be less bright for the industry, as member states approach a 2020 deadline to hit their individual renewable energy targets. Current legislation will no longer apply and negotiations are pending for the 2020-2030 period.

A separate new analysis by think tanks Sandbag and Agora Energiewende shows that renewables outstripped coal power for the first time when it comes to electricity generation.

Source: Euractiv

Date: March 2018

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