Fossil fuels lost to wind and sun in monthly electricity
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Fossil fuels lost to wind and sun in monthly electricity generation for the first time in Europe

According to the energy think tank, wind and solar power plants in Europe produced more energy than fossil fuels for the first time in May embers. Wind and solar power accounted for 31% of Europe’s electricity or 59 TWh over the period, while fossil fuels set an anti-record at 27% and 53 TWh.

    Image Source: Bishnu Sarangi / pixabay.com

Image Source: Bishnu Sarangi / pixabay.com

Due to the strong growth of solar energy in the region, high productivity of wind turbines and low demand for electricity, green sources were able to set a record. Solar power alone accounted for a record 14% (27 TWh) of all electricity in the EU in May – this segment managed to bypass coal power for the first time, which stopped at 10%. Wind energy increased in May 2023 compared to May last year, reaching 17% (32 TWh) of electricity generated in the EU, but falling from the record in January when wind generated 54 TWh or 23% of electricity.

    Image source: ember-climate.org

Image source: ember-climate.org

Coal, the most polluting source, helped generate 10% (20 TWh) of Europe’s electricity in May, a low proportion last seen during the April 2020 pandemic. The latter result is no coincidence: from January to May, the region reduced gas and coal production by 20% and 15%, respectively, while solar power saw a 10% increase and wind power increased by 5%. 2022 was the first year in European history when wind and sun supplanted gas power. Now they have managed to bypass all fossil fuels together.

    Image source: ember-climate.org

Image source: ember-climate.org

Individual countries also showed corresponding results. Germany has reduced power generation from coal to a record low since 2020 of 7 TWh, despite the closure of the country’s last nuclear power plants; Poland, one of Europe’s leading powerhouses of ‘coal’ electricity, has reduced it to the same 7 TWh – 62% for the country.

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