Wind and solar smashed records in the EU this year

Solar panels are seen on houses
Solar panels are seen on houses in Gaj, Poland on April 4th, 2022.  | Photo illustration by Jakub Porzycki / NurPhoto via Getty Images

Since war broke out early this year, roughly a quarter of the European Union’s electricity has came from wind and solar, a new report finds. That’s a record-setting number, and the growth in wind and solar has saved the EU €11 billion in avoided gas costs after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine made purchasing Russian gas politically untenable.

Within the bloc of 27 nations, 19 countries broke their own records for solar and wind electricity generation, according to the new report published by energy think tank Ember and climate think tank E3G. Poland, which has historically relied heavily on coal, saw the biggest bump with a 48.5 percent increase in solar and wind generation. Spain also led the pack with the biggest increase in terms of…

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Author: Justine Calma