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Greece exceeds EU average in RES share of electricity consumption

Renewable energy sources (RES) made up 41.2% of gross electricity consumption in the EU in 2022, the Eurostat said on Wednesday. In Greece, the RES share in electricity consumption in 2022 exceeded the European Union average to reach nearly 43%

That was 3.4 percentage points more than in 2021 (37.8%) and well ahead of other electricity-generation sources such as nuclear (less than 22%), gas (less than 20%) or coal (less than 17%). In total, renewable energy sources increased by 5.7% from 2021 to 2022.

In Greece, the RES share in electricity consumption in 2022 exceeded the European Union average to reach nearly 43%.

Electricity from renewables dominates in Sweden, where the majority of its electricity consumption in 2022 came from renewable sources (83.3%, mostly hydro and wind) followed by Denmark (77.2%, mostly wind) and Austria (74.7%, mostly hydro). Shares above 50% were also registered in Portugal (61.0%), Croatia (55.5%), Latvia (53.3%) and Spain (50.9%).

At the other end of the scale, the lowest shares of electricity from renewable sources were reported in Malta (10.1%), Hungary (15.3%), Czechia (15.5%) and Luxembourg (15.9%).

Wind and hydropower accounted for over two-thirds of the total electricity generated from renewable sources (37.5% and 29.9%, respectively). The remaining one-third of electricity came from solar (18.2%), solid biofuels (6.9%) and other renewable sources (7.5%). Solar power is the fastest-growing source: in 2008 it only accounted for 1% of the electricity consumed in the EU.

PS

Why is the electricity price then among the highest in Europe is one of the notorious Greek mysteries.

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