The European Green Deal to be unveiled in early 2020 will pursue a strategy of increasing the share of electricity in the EU’s energy mix, the new head of the European Commission’s energy department told a conference in Brussels Wednesday (6 November). “First assessments show we need to double the share of electricity in energy consumption by 2050,” Ditte Juul-Jørgensen said at an event organised by the Electrification Alliance, an industry consortium. The commission has envisioned this transition as critical to its plan to get the EU to net-zero emissions by 2050. 53% of Europe’s energy needs would be met by electricity generated from renewables and nuclear by mid-century according to the strategy. It is hoped that EU countries will approve the 2050 plan at the next European Council summit on 12 December. Poland and its Eastern European allies, which have vetoed the plan up till now, may drop its opposition in exchange for funding through a just transition fund. The European Green Deal, expected in March, would then set out a plan for meeting this goal.
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A mix of policy and economics puts Europe in a solid position to source more than half of its power supply from renewables by 2030 but not all countries will reach their targets equally as fast, according to Wood Mackenzie. On Thursday, the firm released new analysis predicting green energy will grow to supply 53% of the continent’s electricity by 2030, with member states driving sweeping installation volumes as they work to deliver their National Energy and Climate Plans. Noting that solar and wind could together supply more power than coal will produce in Europe in 2019, Wood Mackenzie said: “The future for Europe’s coal generators is bleak, with higher emissions cost, competitive gas and phase-out policies impacting the fuel.” According to the firm, European gas power will rise to fill the gap created by a declining coal and nuclear fleet. However, Wood Mackenzie predicted, gas will itself be overtaken by solar and wind, which together could produce more power than the fossil fuel in Europe by the mid-2020s.
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