The Rise of Solar and Wind Energy in the European Union

According to the think tank Ember  wind and solar produced more electricity in the European Union than fossil fuels in May 2023, for the first full month on record. Almost a third of the EU’s electricity in this month was generated from wind and solar (31%, 59 TWh), while fossil fuels generated a record low of 27% (53 TWh).

The new milestone was driven by solar growth, strong wind performance and low electricity demand. Solar generated a record 14% of EU electricity in May 2023, hitting an all-time high of 27 TWh, which exceeds the monthly solar records set in July 2022. For the first time, EU solar generation overtook coal generation, with coal generating just 10% of EU electricity in May 2023. Wind power grew year-on-year to generate 17% of EU electricity in this month (32 TWh).


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