Coal and onshore wind receive equal subsidies

Coal-based energy received €10.1bn in subsidies in the EU in 2012, the same as onshore wind power, according to the first major assessment of the issue

Coal-based energy received €10.1bn in subsidies in the EU in 2012, the same as onshore wind power, according to a study for the European Commission.

Taken together, renewables received the lion's share of public subsidies for energy, with solar power taking €14.7bn, twice the support for nuclear, according to the interim results of a study by consultancy Ecofys.

The total energy subsidy in 2012 was €122bn, with renewable receiving €41bn and energy efficiency receiving €9bn. The study, the first full data set compiled on EU energy subsidies, covered energy in sectors other than transport.

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