Share of Renewable Energy Up Swiftly During COVID-19: Wartsila

"Take Germany last week, they had over 10 gigawatts of excess energy production because they were still running their coal-fired plants and they were actually giving 10 gigawatts to neighboring countries for free," Marco Wiren, head of Wartsila's energy business, said

April 22, 2020. By News Bureau

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Wartsila has said the coronavirus outbreak has caused the share of renewable energy in Europe's power production to increase rapidly.

The pandemic has caused demand for electricity to fall across Europe, Wartsila said, as per data it collected and analysed.

Countries such as Germany, Spain and Britain have had to temporarily shut down coal-fired power generation, causing the share of renewable energy to increase rapidly in the power mix.

"Take Germany last week, they actually had over 10 gigawatts of excess energy production because they were still running their coal-fired plants and they were actually giving 10 gigawatts to neighboring countries for free," Marco Wiren, head of Wartsila's energy business, said.

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