Sandbag from Great Britain and Agora Energiewende from Germany have compiled and evaluated public electricity data in this report and found that, in 2017, wind, sun and biomass, in the European Union have for the first time delivered more electricity than hard coal and lignite combined. Electricity generation from these “new renewables”, which only really saw large-scale uptake beginning in 2000, grew by 12 percent last year. Since 2010, the share of wind, solar and biomass electricity in the EU has more than doubled. However, because hydropower production fell sharply in 2017, renewable electricity only achieved a slightly higher share in the EU than in the previous year, rising from 29.8 to 30.0 percent of electricity production.

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