Solar and wind power generated a TENTH of the world's electricity in the first half of 2020 as coal sees biggest fall since 1990

Solar and wind power generated a TENTH of the world's electricity in the first half of 2020 as coal sees biggest fall since 1990

Renewable power from wind turbines and solar panels produced 10 per cent of the world's electricity in the first half of this year, according to a new energy report.

The independent climate think tank Ember compiled the report and found that the increase in renewables came as coal-powered generation declined to the lowest half-year level since at least 1990.

Report authors say coal generation dropped by 8.3 per cent but still accounted for 33 per cent of global production - too high to meet global climate change targets.

In order to keep global temperatures from increasing by more than 2.7F authors say coal power generation needs to fall by 13 per cent every year of this decade.

Overall electricity demand fell by three per cent during the six months due to lockdown measures to slow the spread of coronavirus, the report said. 

mber's report into power generation levels up to June 2020 examined data from 48 countries which make up 83 per cent of global electricity production.

Wind and solar power generation rose by 14 per cent during the first half of 2020 compared with 2019, while output from coal fell by 8.3 per cent, the report found. 

Europe and the UK saw the largest contributions from wind and solar, at 21 per cent and 33 per cent respectively during the first half of the year.

 China produced 10 per cent of its power from wind and solar energy and the United States produced 12 per cent, the report said. 


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