The EU Is Winning The Energy War Russia Started
Where does Europe's electricity come from?
Niccolo Conte, Feb 14, 2023 (World Economic Forum)
Energy and electricity supply have become vital for nearly every European nation over the past year, as the region shifts away from its dependence on Russian fuel imports. While many countries have been making progress in their energy transition away from fossil fuels, nearly half of European countries are still dependent on them as their primary source of electricity generation…[But] Europe has been steadily transitioning towards renewable sources of energy for their electricity generation, making considerable progress over the last decade…
The expansion of wind and solar generation have been the primary drivers in this shift towards renewables, going from only generating 8% of the EU’s electricity in 2011 all the way to 19% in 2021…[By 2021] wind and solar energy generation together made up more of Germany’s electricity generation at 33% (23% for wind and 10% for solar)…[France] primarily relies on nuclear power…[and] Italy, the UK, and the Netherlands are all primarily natural gas powered…[But Spain is] a success story in a transition towards renewable energy sources…[In 2022, wind became the primary electricity generator with a 32% share…
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, energy independence in the EU has become of utmost importance, and countries have taken the opportunity to accelerate their transition towards renewable energy sources…[In 2022, solar and wind power (22%) overtook] natural gas (20%) in electricity generation for the first time ever…[Fossil fuel electricity generation is expected] to decline in 2023 by as much as 20%...” click here for more
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