Romania ranks among EU’s best performers in terms of renewable energy production

Sorin Melenciuc 21/09/2018 | 09:50

Romania ranks 7th among the European Union member states in terms of electricity generation from renewable sources, with a share of 42.7 percent of total production in 2016, according to Eurostat.

Eu’s best performers are Austria (72.6 percent of electricity from renewable sources), Sweden (64.9 percent), Portugal (54.1 percent), Denmark (53.7 percent), Latvia (51.3 percent) and Croatia (46.7 percent).

At the other end of the scale, Malta (5.6 percent), Luxembourg (6.7 percent) and Hungary (7.2 percent) have the lowest shares of renewable energy in total production.

In the EU, electricity generation from renewable sources contributed more than one quarter (30 percent) to total gross electricity consumption in 2016.

In the EU and in Romania alike, hydro power is the most important source, followed closely by wind power and then solar power. Other renewable sources for generating electricity include wood, biogas, renewable waste and geothermal energy.

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