For the second year in a row, in the first and second quarters of 2019, the renewable sources produced more electricity than all fossil fuels combined.
Renewable energy sources are once again overtaking fossil fuels in Europe. Indeed, during the first six months of the year, European electricity production was greener than fossil, although the performance was slightly lower than the same period in 2018. This is confirmed by EnAppSys analysts that , in one new report (English Text), examine the contribution of each individual resource to the electricity market.
The report reveals how hydroelectric, wind, solar and biomass power generated 265.2 TWh of electricity in the first quarter of 2019, compared to 233.6 TWh produced by gas, coal, oil and peat.
And the gap widened further from April to June, when 245.8 TWh of renewables had to collide with just 202.7 TWh of electricity from fossil fuels. These results confirm a trend already observed in 2018. However, last year, renewable energies generated 288.4 TWh in the first quarter and 252.8 TWh in the second, against respectively 258.9 TWh and 224.8 TWh of fossil fuels.
Indeed, the energy production mix in Europe has largely stabilized, green energy levels are no longer experiencing sharp increases and the coal-gas balance remains largely static. The document specifies that the transition from old incentive systems to new support mechanisms partly explains the slowdown in recent years and the immobility of the market. This is due to the difficulty in some countries to switch from coal to gas due to the lack of supply and specific infrastructure.
More precisely, if hydroelectric power is excluded, wind is the green source with the highest percentage of production, followed remotely by solar energy (6.5%) and biomass (3.4%), with 11.5%. On the other hand, nuclear energy is the one that contributes the most, with a share of 28.2% of European electricity production. Finally, coal represents 14.7% and gas 17%.