European renewable generation stalled in 2011

Renewable energy capacity increased slightly last year but the generation level was flat, Eurelectric said

Renewable energy accounted for more than a third of the EU’s electricity generation capacity in 2011 for the first time, following a slight year on year increase, utilities association Eurelectric said on Monday.

But in spite of the higher capacity available, renewable energy generation remained stuck at 22% of total production. Solar and other renewable output increased by 16% year on year, but this was offset by hydropower generation falling 17% following dry weather conditions in southern Europe.

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