Eurostat: Wind and water provide most renewable electricity

by   CIJ News iDesk II
2021-01-12   09:33

In 2019, renewable energy sources made up 34 percent of gross electricity consumption in the European Union, slightly up from 32 percent in 2018, according to Eurostat. Wind and hydropower accounted for over two-thirds of the total electricity generated from renewable sources (35 percent each). The remaining electricity generated was from solar power (13 percent), solid biofuels (8 percent) and other renewable sources (9 percent). Solar power is the fastest-growing source: in 2008, it accounted for 1 percent. Among the European Union Member States, more than 70 percent of electricity consumed in 2019 was generated from renewable sources in Austria (75 percent) and Sweden (71 percent). The consumption of electricity from renewable sources was also high in Denmark (65 percent), Portugal (54 percent) and Latvia (53 percent), accounting for more than half of electricity consumed in these countries. At the other end of the scale, the share of electricity from renewable sources was 10 percent or less in Malta (8 percent), Cyprus, Luxembourg and Hungary (all 10 percent), informed Eurostat.