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World Wind and solar produced 10% of global electricity in first half 2020 – report

04:05  13 august  2020
04:05  13 august  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Wind and solar produced a record 10 percent of global electricity in the first half of 2020 as the world's coal plant fleet ran at less than half its capacity, analysis published Overall, the percentage of power drawn from wind and solar has more than doubled from 4.6 percent in 2015 – the year of the

Weight of solar and wind in electricity production data. They boosted the share of wind and solar in China ( wind and solar generation grew by 10 % and 31% respectively, to nearly 9% of the power mix), the USA Wind and solar technologies are progressing in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates

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LONDON (Reuters) - Wind turbines and solar panels produced a record 10% of the world’s electricity in the first half of 2020 as coal-power declined, but steeper change is needed to meet targets set under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, a report said on Thursday.

Scientist say huge cuts to greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector are required over the next decade to limit global warming and curb the worst impacts of climate change such as floods, droughts and loss of species.

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Again, solar and wind saw a significant growth in its market share, from 9% to 9.9%, but hydro brought the whole category down due to a decrease from 9% to 8%. As you know from reading this quarter’s US renewable energy capacity report , only 43% of new US power capacity in the first half of the year

Companies producing electricity from solar and wind energy count the amount of electricity they produce . Anyway, the OECD and IEA statisticians Wind and solar are soon to dominate the world energy supply. The figure below shows a comparison of the world’s use of primary energy in one of

Generation from wind and solar rose by 14% during the first half of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019 while output from coal plants fell by 8.3%, the report by independent climate think tank Ember said.

Overall electricity demand fell by 3% during the six months due to coronavirus lockdowns, the report said.

Despite the drop, coal plants still produced 33% of the world’s electricity during the period.

"To keep a chance of limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees, coal generation needs to fall by 13% every year this decade,” Ember senior analyst Dave Jones said in a statement with the report.

Europe and the UK saw the largest contributions from wind and solar, at 21% and 33% respectively during the first half of the year, with China at 10% and the United States at 12%, the report said.

Coal power generation in the U.S. and Europe fell by 31% and 32% respectively while coal power in China was down just 2%, the report said.

Ember’s report examined data from 48 countries which make up 83% of global electricity production.

(Reporting By Susanna Twidale; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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