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Renewables made more electricity than coal in Europe in 2017

Renewables continue to grow across Europe

Renewables continue to grow across Europe

Mikel Bilbao/VWPics/Redux / eyevine

The amount of electricity generated by renewables in Europe has for the first time outpaced supplies coming from coal sources, according to new analysis of official figures.

Wind, solar and biomass generation supplied 679 terawatt hours, says climate policy campaign group Sandbag, which published a review of the European energy market today. Coal, on the other hand, contributed a little less than that in total – at 669 terawatt hours.

Just five years ago, coal generation was twice that of renewables in the region.

There has also been a dramatic

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