Where does the electricity come from in the European outlet?

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Today Eurostat published a #press release with statistics on generation in the European Union for 2020. According to Eurostat analysts, 2020, accompanied by a wave of lockdowns, showed that renewable generation is more sustainable, not only in an environmental sense, but also in a purely technological sense.

For the first time during the collection of statistics and the development of various types of renewable generation in Europe, «green» energy has bypassed the «traditional» fossil fuel in terms of its volume.

In 2020, the consumption of oil and petroleum products decreased by 12.9% compared to 2019.

Also in Europe there is a decline in consumption of brown coal by 20%, coal by 18%. Eurostat notes that over the previous 15 years, coal consumption fell by 51.2%. Almost twice!

Based on the fall in the consumption of fossil fuel raw materials, there is a reduction in the generation of electricity from it, respectively. In 2020, the production of electricity from fossil fuels amounted to 1,022,589 GWh, which is even lower than the generation level in 1990, which was then 1,226,156 GWh.

The same trend is observed in the nuclear energy segment. Statistics show for 2020 the lowest level of generation at nuclear power plants since 1990 — 683183 GWh, which is 6.3% lower than in 1990. As you remember, the trigger of the negative attitude towards nuclear power was the accident at the # nuclear power plant in Fukushima, after the earthquake and tsunami. It is difficult to criticize the Europeans here, because, whatever one may say, but even though the nuclear power plant produces decarbonized electricity on the mountain, the accidents in Fukushima, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island still say that this technology still needs to create stronger protective mechanisms. , and most importantly, reliable and safe processing of spent nuclear fuel.

Against this background, the stable growth of renewable generation is very clearly visible. And for the first time during the collection of statistical data, when the tables included both fossil fuels and # renewable energy, it was # renewable energy that bypassed «traditional» energy in terms of gross indicators.

The last decade has seen a significant increase in the production of electricity from renewable sources. In 2020, 1 052 582 GWh of electricity was produced at RES facilities, which is 29994 GWh more than was generated using # fossil fuels.

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