Renewables now major part of EU power mix, report finds

Renewables have generated more power across the EU than fossil fuels in the first half of the year for the second year in a row, new analysis has found.

The latest quarterly report by energy analysts EnAppSys found that renewables generated 245.8TWh of electricity across Europe between April to June 2019, after generating 265.2TWh of electricity in the first quarter of the year.

Fossil fuels, in comparison, generated 202.7TWh of electricity in the second quarter of the year and 233.6TWh in the first quarter.

Renewables’ dominance across the EU continued despite a 3% drop in renewable generation between April and June compared to the same period in 2018.

The analysts said that the figures come as the state of Europe’s power fuel mix has largely stabilised, with renewable capacity no longer seeing the big increases of previous years.

‘This means that the share of generation from fossil fuels, renewables and nuclear have largely remained static since 2017, with renewables providing more than fossil fuels in the first half of the year and with this switching in the second half the year,’ the report explained.