2017-02-09. Almost 90% of New Power in Europe from Renewable Sources in 2016.

posted Feb 18, 2017, 7:49 PM by Alan Gould

By Adam Vaughn, The Guardian. For GSS Energy Use chapter 10. Excerpt: Renewable energy sources made up nearly 9/10 of new power added to Europe’s electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent’s rapid shift away from fossil fuels. But industry leaders said they were worried about the lack of political support beyond 2020, when binding EU renewable energy targets end. Of the 24.5 GW of new capacity built across the EU in 2016, 21.1 GW – or 86% – was from wind, solar, biomass and hydro.  That eclipsed the previous high-water mark of 79% in 2014. For the first time, wind farms accounted for more than half of the capacity installed, the data from trade body WindEurope showed.  Wind power overtook coal, to become the EU’s 2nd largest form of power capacity after gas.  However, due to the technology’s intermittent nature, coal still meets more of the bloc’s electricity demand....  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/09/new-energy-europe-renewable-sources-2016