Are renewables reliable? Almost 19 percent of the energy in the EU currently comes from renewable sources, including solar, wind, hydropower and biomass. The share of renewables in Europe’s energy mix is set to grow to 32% by 2030 as the bloc transitions away from fossil fuels. Nevertheless, some politicians worry that renewables often depend on variable energy sources; what happens if the wind stops blowing or the sun stops shining?
What do our readers think? We had a comment come in from Alina, who asks: “How do we know if renewables will [supply] 100% [of Europe’s] energy, though?”
To get a response, we spoke to Erkki Maillard, Senior Vice-President for European and International Affairs at the Électricité de France (EDF) Group, a French electric utility company and one of the largest producers of electricity in the world. What would he say?
Can renewable energy power the whole of Europe? Can the EU become “climate neutral” by 2050, with 100% of its energy supplied by renewables? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!