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β˜€ Sharp increase in wind and solar power in the world

β˜€ Sharp increase in wind and solar power in the world

Many coal-fired power plants have been shut down during the pandemic, which means that solar and wind account for a larger share of electricity production than before.

Kent Olofsson
Kent Olofsson

Solar and wind power accounted for 9.8 percent of the world's electricity production during the first half of 2020. This is an increase of 14 percent compared with last year. In total, wind and solar have generated 1,129 terawatt hours so far this year.

At the same time, electricity production from coal power fell by 8.3 per cent during the same period. Coal power thus accounts for 68 percent of the total electricity production in the world.

It shows figures compiled by the British think tank Ember from 48 countries. Many large electricity consumers such as the USA, China and India now get around ten percent of their electricity from solar and wind. The EU is doing even better and stands at 21 percent.