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How solar surge saved Europe from the energy crisis

January 31, 2023

This was one of the key findings in the European Electricity Review released by the independent energy think tank Ember.

According to the report, wind and solar generated a record fifth of EU electricity in 2022, for the first time overtaking fossil gas (20%), and remaining above coal power (16%).

However, the shift away from fossil fuels was put on hold by unexpected French nuclear outages as German nuclear units were closing, as well as a 1-in-500-year drought across Europe, leading to the lowest level of hydro generation since at least 2000.

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