US and Europe add more renewable power capacity

15 July 2010 15:45  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--For the second year running, in 2009 both the US and Europe added more electricity generating capacity from renewable rather than conventional sources, the UN said on Thursday.

China added 37 gigawatts (GW) of renewable power capacity, more than any other country it said.

Twin reports from the United Nations Environment Programme and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) showed that renewables accounted for 60% of newly installed capacity in Europe and more than 50% in the US that year.

“This year or next, experts predict, the world as a whole will add more capacity to the electricity supply from renewable than non-renewable sources,” UNEP said.

According to the reports, there was a record investment in wind power in 2009 but less spending than previously in large-scale solar power and biofuels.

Globally, nearly 80 GW of renewable power capacity was added, including 31 GW of hydro and 48 GW of non-hydro capacity.

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By: Nigel Davis
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