For the second consecutive year, renewables produced more power than fossil fuels in the first and second quarters of 2019 in Europe.
That’s the standout highlight of a new report on the European power market from energy data analyst EnAppSys. The report showed that renewable projects generated 245.8 TWh of electricity in the three months to June 30 – 21.3% more than the combined 202.7 TWh produced from gas, coal lignite, oil and peat during the same period.
This repeats the pattern seen in 2018, which saw renewables produce 288.4 TWh and 252.8 TWh in Q1 and Q2 respectively, whilst fossil fuels generated 258.9 TWh and 224.8 TWh.
Hydro was the second largest player, producing 17.5% of the continent’s power mix during Q2 2019.
EnAppSys said this was part of a trend that has brought increased levels of stability to the European power market.
“The state of the power fuel mix across Europe has largely stabilized, with levels of renewables no longer seeing large increases and the balance between coal and gas largely staying static,” said Jean-Paul Harreman, director of EnAppSys BV.