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Renewables raise challenge to coal in generating the world's electricity - 19th August


Wind, solar and other renewable energy sources are now second only to coal in generating the world's electricity.  The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced that electricity generation from renewable sources has now overtaken natural gas to become the second largest source of electricity worldwide.

Wind and solar power are the main renewables used to generate electricity in Europe, with wind power increasing at an average growth rate of 27.1% since 1990.  Globally, more renewable energy is consumed in the residential, commercial and public services sectors than elsewhere.

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