At last! Renewables are overtaking fossil fuels. The stats prove ...


At last! Renewables are overtaking fossil fuels. The stats prove it

Alternative energy sources surged in 2019, with only China still bucking the growing global trend

Aaron Sheldrick

The use of fossil fuels such as coal and oil for generating electricity fell in 2019 in the US, the EU and India, at the same time overall power output rose, a turning point for the global energy mix.

Those countries and regions are three of the top four largest producers of power from fossil fuels. The declines suggest the end of the fossil-fuel era could be on the horizon, says Tomas Kaberger, an energy professor at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

Kaberger, also the chair of the executive board for Japan’s Renewable Energy Institute and a member of the board at Swedish utility Vattenfall AB, provided data covering more than 70% of the world’s power generation that showed for most of 2019 the amount of power sourced from fossil fuels dropped by 156 terawatt-hours (TWh) from the year before. That is equal to the entire power output of Argentina in 2018...

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