Wind and solar generated a record 22% of electricity in the European Union in 2022, overtaking fossil gas for the first time and overtaking coal again.
This is evidenced by a study by the energy think tank Ember.
Ember shows that renewables are increasingly dominating the EU electricity market. Solar generation grew to a record 39 terawatt-hours in 2022, up 24% from the previous year.
According to the report, wind and solar generated 22% of electricity in the EU, while fossil gas generated 20% and coal 16%.
This growth in renewable energy has helped the European Union overcome an unprecedented shortage of hydro and nuclear generation caused by dry lines and maintenance.
The impact of the deficit was also limited by lower demand for electricity. In the last quarter of 2022, it fell by 7.9% compared to the same period of the previous year.
"We are observing a significant acceleration of the pace of development of renewable energy. It is obvious that European citizens want to use cheap, clean energy. Frans Timmermans of the EU climate service.