Renewable power production largely unscathed by pandemic in 2020 - Eurostat

Electricity generation in the EU in 2020. Image by Eurostat (

June 30 (Renewables Now) - Power production from renewables surpassed generation from fossil fuels for the first time in the European Union in 2020, and largely avoided the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures to curb it, according to EU statistics office Eurostat.

Citing preliminary data, Eurostat said Tuesday that sheltering in place and lower energy demand that ensued sunk power generation from fossil fuels to some 1,023 TWh last year, a decrease of 9.8% compared to 2019 and the lowest point since 1990.

Renewables, on the other hand, thrived over the same period. In 2020, renewable power production reached 1,053 TWh, up from 979.9 TWh a year prior and much more than 303.3 TWh generated in 1990.

A selection of Eurostat’s preliminary findings is presented in the table below:

Source: Electricity gross production in 2020 (preliminary) in GWh Y/Y change:
Nuclear 683,183 -10.7%
Hydro 373,296 8.1%
Geothermal 6,701 -0.4%
Solar 145,246 15.5%
Tide, wave, ocean 509 2.0%
Wind 397,055 8.2%
Municipal waste (renewable) 19,540 2.4%
Coking coal 2,268 -24.2%
Other bituminous coal 150,119 -25.9%
Sub-bituminous coal 403 -74.1%
Lignite 195,598 -18.9%
Oil shale, oil sands 2,225 -48.5%
Natural gas 566,448 -0.5%
TOTAL NET PRODUCTION: 2 664 096 -4.1%
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