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Mon May 13, 2013, 08:28 PM

Wind, Solar, & Natural Gas Up In Europe — Coal & Nuclear Down


Following up on the report I just published regarding EPIA’s 2012–2017 European and global solar PV report, below are some really interesting charts I wanted to highlight. Basically, they show that solar PV, wind power, and natural gas capacity has grown substantially in the EU while coal, nuclear, and oil capacity has fallen.

In other words, despite what some may have you think, increasing of solar and wind power in the EU has not been leading to a surge in coal power capacity due to the nuclear phaseouts taking place in several countries. Rather, coal power capacity has also declined. The only fossil fuel that saw an increase in capacity in 2012 was natural gas.

If you look at 2011 statistics, you can see that coal power capacity also increased (along with solar, wind, and natural gas) as nuclear power capacity dropped. However, with such power plants taking a long time to permit, build, and connect to the grid, this was really due to years of work preceding Fukushima and the strong nuclear phaseout plans that resulted from that.


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Reply Wind, Solar, & Natural Gas Up In Europe — Coal & Nuclear Down (Original post)
jpak May 2013 OP
FBaggins May 2013 #1

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Mon May 20, 2013, 04:02 PM

1. Pretty deceptive

Why look at all of europe when most of the continent has made little-no change in nuclear?

Coal capacity had been falling for years. How can you correctly point out "such power plants taking a long time to permit, build, and connect to the grid" and then pretend that capacity would increase in barely two years?

One wonders why the author would ignore actual changes in coal consumption over the last couple years.

Nah. There's no need to wonder.

Europe consuming more coal
JAENSCHWALDE, Germany — Green-friendly Europe has a dirty secret: It is burning a lot more coal.

Europe’s use of the fossil fuel spiked last year after a long decline, powered by a surge of cheap U.S. coal on global markets and by the unintended consequences of ambitious climate policies that capped emissions and reduced reliance on nuclear energy.

The new dependence on one of the dirtiest fuels shows just how challenging it is to maintain the momentum needed to go green, analysts and officials say, and demonstrates the far-reaching effects of America’s natural gas boom.


Although many thought that the EU’s campaign against climate change might affect Europe’s use of coal. This has not been the case. The EU has failed to set a steep enough price on carbon-emission credits to dissuade utilities from burning coal. Rather than hinder coal’s progress, European coal use grew in both 2011 and 2012.http://www.energyglobal.com/news/coal/articles/Global_outlook_for_coal_industry_202.aspx

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