Share of Renewable in Electricity Mix Rises in 2020 Led by Wind and Solar: IEA

The share of renewable electricity in the mix stood at 31.6 per cent in 2020, up from 28.6 per cent in 2019, mainly on account of wind and solar production in renewables, which were up by 95.8 TWh, or 11.6 per cent, and 73.0 TWh, or 20.2 per cent, respectively in 2020 as compared to 2019, said International Energy Agency (IEA).

March 16, 2021. By Manu Tayal

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The share of renewable electricity in the mix stood at 31.6 per cent in 2020, up from 28.6 per cent in 2019, mainly on account of wind and solar production in renewables, which were up by 95.8 TWh, or 11.6 per cent, and 73.0 TWh, or 20.2 per cent, respectively in 2020 as compared to 2019, said International Energy Agency (IEA).

IEA in its latest Monthly Electricity Statistics report including December 2020 data for total OECD member countries shows that, since 2018, wind production has increased by 20.1 per cent and solar production by 28.4 per cent, highlighting the dynamic growth of the wind and solar power sectors. The total renewable production was 3,269.1 TWh in 2020, 7.5 per cent higher than in 2019.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 37 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.

The report further added that, non-renewable production stood at 7,079.5 TWh in 2020, down by 6.8 per cent, as compared to 2019.

The conventional thermal production stood at 5,568.8 TWh in 2020, down by 6.6 per cent, from 2019, on the back of coal, which was the main reason for this decrease with a power output of 1,983.3 TWh in 2020, down by 15.5 per cent against 2019, added the report.

As per IEA data, coal production stood at 37 per cent lower in 2020 as compared to 2018, emphasizing the different coal phase-out plans implemented by countries to meet lower emissions standards.

However, the net production in OECD countries remained at 924.4 TWh in December 2020, 1.3 per cent higher than in December 2019 and 11 per cent higher than in November 2020. In 2020, total net production stood at 10,348.6 TWh, down by 2.7 per cent compared to 2019, due to lower than average in April 2020 and May 2020 because of the lockdown measures implemented by countries in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, mentioned IEA.

On the monthly highlights, the report indicated that in the United States, total net production in 2020 stood at 4,079.2 TWh, 2.8 per cent lower than in 2019. While, in December 2020, net production increased by 2.5 per cent at 350.9 TWh, from December 2019 and by 14.2 per cent as compared to November 2020.

Renewables increased by 8.6 per cent to 66.8 TWh in 2020 from 2019, driven by wind and solar production, which increased by 36.3TWh or 12.3 per cent and 22.5 TWh or 23.3 per cent respectively. While, non-renewable power production decreased by 5.4 per cent to 183.2 TWh, driven by coal production which dropped by 200.3 TWh, or 19.8 per cent in 2020, against 2019, as part of the coal capacity retirement strategy as coal-fired generation becomes less profitable compared to renewables and natural gas production and to comply with stricter emission standards, said the report.

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