Feb 11, 2020 - Energy & Environment

Wind, solar power in Europe outpaces coal for the first time

a chart showing the decline of coal.
Data: Sandbag; Chart: Axios Visuals

Here's one thing that helped global emissions growth seemingly flatten: Wind and solar power combined outpaced coal-fired generation in the EU for the first time last year, a pair of think tanks said.

Why it matters: Energy transitions are notoriously slow — until they're not.

  • The recent analysis from the U.K.-based Sandbag and Germany's Agora Energiewende found that coal-fired generation "collapsed" in the EU last year, falling 24%.
  • "Only five years ago, the EU generated twice as much from coal as it did from wind and solar," a summary notes.
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