In Europe, wind turbines produced more electricity than coal

In the last quarter of 2023, European electricity producers generated more electricity from wind than coal for the first time, marking a key milestone for regional energy transition efforts.
According to Ember, a think tank, European utilities generated a record 193 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity from wind farms between October and December 2023, compared to 184 TWh from coal-fired power plants.
Wind energy production during the last quarter of 2023 was approximately 20% higher than in the same quarter of 2022, and occurred despite a significant decline in the wind sector in 2023 due to high labor, material and financing costs.
In the near term, coal-fired power generation in Europe may also increase as industrial activity recovers, but if energy companies continue on their planned development path, it looks like wind power will eclipse coal power in Europe’s electricity generation mix in the long term.
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