Energy Transition

Nearly half of Germany's electricity has come from wind and solar this year

Rodrigue Kauahou, a worker of the installation company Alromar, sets up solar panels on the roof of a home in Colmenar Viejo, Spain June 19, 2020. Picture taken June 19, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Perez - RC2HPH9UOQOH

Wind and solar has generated 42% of Germany's electricity so far this year. Image: REUTERS/Sergio Perez - RC2HPH9UOQOH

Niall McCarthy
Data Journalist, Statista
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  • A new report shows that wind and solar power accounted for 10 percent of global electricity generation in the first six months of 2020.
  • This is a impressive improvement on the situation five years ago when it accounted for just five percent.

Independent climate think tank Ember has published a new report showing that wind and solar power accounted for 10 percent of global electricity generation in the first six months of 2020. That figure represents an impressive leap on the situation five years ago when it accounted for just five percent.

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Germany is well above the global figure with wind and solar generating an impressive 42 percent of its electricity from January through June of this year. The United Kingdom has also made strides in recent years and its figure is 33 percent. The world's strongest economies still have work do with wind and solar generating 12 percent of U.S. electricity, along with 10 percent in China, India and Japan.

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