Wind and solar hit record grid levels in Europe as pandemic curbs energy demand

RENEWECONOMY | The significant falls in electricity demand as a result of the Covid-19 lockdowns has led to record shares of variable renewable energy – wind and solar – in some European countries.

A new report from International Energy Agency notes that the “instantaneous” share of wind and solar (VRE) reached unprecedented levels of 63 per cent in Italy, 70 per cent in Austria (which normally relies on hydro), and 67 per cent in Belgium (normally a mix of coal and nuclear).

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