Sourcing Renewables - January 31, 2022
EU Bloc Surpassed its RE Target in 2020
The European Union sourced nearly two-fifths of its electricity from renewable sources in 2020, the EU statistics office found.
Out of the EU countries, Austria and Sweden led renewables consumption with more than three-quarters of their electricity use, followed by over 50% usage in Denmark, Portugal, Croatia and Latvia, Reuters reported. The EU surpassed its goal to consume 20% renewable energy in 2020 with a bloc average of 37%, compared to 34% in 2019.
However, renewables use in the EU in 2020 was eclipsed by Iceland and Norway, where more power from renewable sources was produced than the total electricity consumed.
The countries with the lowest renewables consumption included Hungary, Malta and Cyprus, where renewable energy made up around 10% of electricity use.
Wind and hydropower were the biggest generators of renewable energy in Europe, followed by solar.
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