2020 yearly report
2020 was an odd year. The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns led to a slowdown of industry, in some cases a total stop, and electricity demand fell.
With lower demand every country increased the percentage of renewable energy in their energy mix and, with the exception of Belgium and Slovakia, lowered their grid emissions.
In the United Kingdom, France and Portugal demand was so low that these countries had months that zero energy was generated from coal. Austria also phased out it's last coal power plant. Only Denmark increased coal consumption compared with 2019.
Although the numbers look promising, they are no cause for celebration, but Covid-19 showed that less energy consumption can reduce considerably our emissions, highlighting the need to invest in renewable energy.
Aggregated production by energy source for 2020
The following table is an aggregated comparison between 2020 and the previous year for the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
|Energy source||Renewable||Production 2019||Production 2020|
|Biomass||101.6 TWh (3.6%)||101.5 TWh (3.7%)|
|Geothermal||5.7 TWh (0.2%)||5.6 TWh (0.2%)|
|Hydro||408.0 TWh (14.3%)||452.9 TWh (16.4%)|
|Hydro Storage||29.6 TWh (1.0%)||36.5 TWh (1.3%)|
|Solar||113.3 TWh (4.0%)||131.6 TWh (4.8%)|
|Wind||327.9 TWh (11.5%)||349.5 TWh (12.7%)|
|Wind (Offshore)||57.9 TWh (2.0%)||70.3 TWh (2.6%)|
|Coal||208.6 TWh (7.3%)||164.7 TWh (6.0%)|
|Coal (Lignite)||190.4 TWh (6.7%)||157.0 TWh (5.7%)|
|Gas||550.5 TWh (19.3%)||512.0 TWh (18.6%)|
|Nuclear||762.4 TWh (26.7%)||676.4 TWh (24.6%)|
|Oil||13.7 TWh (0.5%)||14.1 TWh (0.5%)|
|Other||67.2 TWh (2.4%)||66.1 TWh (2.4%)|
|Waste||14.0 TWh (0.5%)||14.6 TWh (0.5%)|