The European electricity industry association EURELECTRIC states that in 2013 over half of the electricity generated came from low carbon sources. In 2012, the share of renewable electricity in Europe was 24%, whilst in 2013 it was already 27%. This contributed to fewer emissions in Europe.
But there are not only advantages, the European power system has to adapt to this quick transition. A stable electricity supply must be ensured and still investments in low carbon must continue.
Statistics for the US (2013 Renewable Energy Data Book) show the same trend, the renewable energy capacity increases. Nearly 15% of the nation’s total installed electricity capacity is renewable. Solar power is the fastest growing of renewable technologies in the US, the capacity increased about 66% in 2013. This growth continued in 2014.