EU produces record amount of renewable electricity since Ukraine war

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The European Union (EU) has been producing more electricity from renewable energy sources than ever before since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to a study.

Between March and Sept. 24 per cent of the EU’s electricity came from solar and wind power, a report released on Tuesday by the think tanks Ember and E3G read.

Compared to the same period last year, the EU increased its electricity production from these two power sources by three percentage points.

A total of 345 terawatt hours (TWh) came from wind and solar in the assessed period in 2022, an increase of 39 TWh compared to 2021.

According to the study, Germany also reached a record with 104 TWh of electricity from solar and wind since March.

A total of 19 EU countries have achieved record electricity production from wind and solar, including France, Italy, Poland and Spain.

“The record increase in renewables compared to last year avoided the need for 8 billion cubic metres of additional fossil gas at a cost of 11 billion euros (10.8 billion dollars),’’ the statement read.

EU planned to accelerate the energy transition in light of the war in Ukraine was to be implemented by EU member states and the European Parliament.

Negotiations on this were currently underway. (NAN)