European countries have increased power generation from no-carbon sources from 50 percent to 56 percent between 2002 and 2012.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), countries have increased their use of geothermal, hydroelectric, nuclear, solar (both utility scale and distributed), tidal and wind energy generation over the 10-year time period. France, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland each generated more than 90 percent of their net electricity from no-carbon sources in 2012, and eight other countries had at least 50 percent of their power generation come from no-carbon electricity sources, EIA said.
The European Union’s 2020 Climate and Energy Package targets both a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and an increase in the share of energy use generation from renewables, which is expected to continue the increase of no-carbon generation in Europe. European countries in 2012 generated a majority of their no-carbon electricity from nuclear and hydroelectric sources, EIA said, along with a smaller portfolio of renewables.
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