In 2016, electricity generation from renewable sources contributed more than one quarter (30 %) to total gross electricity consumption in the European Union (EU). 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, figures released on Friday by Eurostat read.
At the level of EU Member States, in five countries more than half of the electricity consumed in 2016 was generated from renewable sources: Austria (73 %), Sweden (65 %), Portugal and Denmark (both 54 %) and Latvia (51 %). In contrast, there were four countries where less than 10 % of the electricity consumed in 2016 came from renewable sources: Malta (6 %), Luxembourg and Hungary (both 7 %) and Cyprus (9 %).
Romania ranks on the seventh position among the EU Member States after the share of renewable energy in the gross final consumption in 2016.