Renewables to overtake coal and become world’s biggest source of electricity generation by 2025

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  • “Renewables [will] become the largest source of global electricity generation by early 2025, surpassing coal,” the IEA said in its Renewables 2022 report.
  • The analysis comes at a time of huge disruption within global energy markets following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
  • IEA chief Fatih Birol said the global energy crisis had kicked renewables “into an extraordinary new phase of even faster growth as countries seek to capitalise on their energy security benefits.”

Renewables are on course to overtake coal and become the planet’s biggest source of electricity generation by the middle of this decade, according to the International Energy Agency.

The IEA’s Renewables 2022 report, published Tuesday, predicts a major shift within the world’s electricity mix at a time of significant volatility and geopolitical tension.

For He looks to the ends of the earth, And sees under the whole heavens,  To establish a weight for the wind, And apportion the waters by measure. When He made a law for the rain.” Job 28:24-25

Netherlands, Urk, Tulip fields and wind turbines in polder bordering IJsselmeer - stock photo

“The first truly global energy crisis, triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, has sparked unprecedented momentum for renewables,” it said.

“Renewables [will] become the largest source of global electricity generation by early 2025, surpassing coal,” it added.

According to its “main-case forecast,” the IEA expects renewables to account for nearly 40% of worldwide electricity output in 2027, coinciding with a fall in the share of coal, natural gas and nuclear generation.

The analysis comes at a time of huge disruption within global energy markets following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.

The Kremlin was the biggest supplier of both natural gas and petroleum oils to the EU in 2021, according to Eurostat. However, gas exports from Russia to the European Union have slid this year, as member states sought to drain the Kremlin’s war chest.

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