More Renewable Energy Used in 2020 Than Fossil Fuels For the First Time in World's 4th Largest Economy
Germany's share of renewables in the grid beat out coal, solar panel installations rose 25%, and their emissions fell 10% in 2020.
Science & Tech
For the first time in history, a combination of wind, solar, and other renewables overtook Germany’s coal, oil, and gas, for use as the country’s fuel source during 2020.
A combination of the pandemic, lower demand for electricity, mild weather, cheaper natural gas, and various economic and market factors led to the historic numbers on the data sheets of Western Europe’s biggest consumer of fossil fuels, and the world’s fourth-largest economy.
According to data collected from the German think tank Agora Energiewende, wind power alone supplied more of the nation’s energy than its lignite brown coal plants, while mild weather and warmer months that were largely cloud-free saw solar contributing 40% of the nation’s baseline, a greater share than black coal.
All this clean energy led to a whopping 10% dip in the emissions of greenhouse gases compared to the previous year, contributing to what Agora described as “the end of coal.”