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Europe produced more power from renewable primary energy than from fossil primary energy in 2020

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January 26, 2021
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For the first time in history, the EU produced more electricity from renewable primary energy (wind, sun, hydro, and biomass) than from fossil primary energy in 2020. The share of renewable energy was 38%, whereas the electricity generated from fossil sources was just 37%. The remainder of the electricity came from nuclear. The growth in renewables was due to increases in wind and solar capacity. Hydropower can only grow if there's a significant increase in precipitation in Europe, which may happen as a result of climate change. The growth of bioenergy slowed down as a consequence of the debate about the sustainability of biomass. COVID-19 resulted in 4% less power consumption in 2020 and thus contributed somewhat to the record. 

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