Portugal's share of renewable decline in 2017 (low hydro).
The share of renewable energy sources (RES, including hydropower) within the global power generation mix, which has been rising quickly since the end of the 2000’s, grew by nearly 1 percentage point in 2017, to almost 25%. Wind and solar generation has gained momentum, encouraged by ambitious climate policies in the European Union, the United States, China, India, Japan and Australia, and by the dramatic fall in solar and wind development costs over recent years, enabling developing countries to expand their renewable capacities. Solar was responsible of 20% of the additional power generation in 2017 and wind 30%. Renewables now cover 1/3 of the power mix in Europe, 1/4 in China and 1/6 in the United States, India and Japan.
In the European Union, the share of renewables remained stable in 2017, as the strong increase in renewable generation in Germany and the UK was offset by adverse hydraulic conditions in southern Europe (France, Italy, Spain).
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According to the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt or UBA), renewable power production reached a new record in the first semester of 2018, with 117 TWh generated, which is 10% more than in the first half of 2017 (+10 TWh). Wind power plants generated 57 TWh, with 26 TWh from biomass and biogas waste installations, 24 TWh from solar PV units and 10 TWh from hydropower plants.
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The German and Dutch power transmission network operators Amprion and TenneT will integrate the first circuit of the 380 kV interconnection line between Doetinchem in the Netherlands and Niederrhein in Germany into the CWE market on 25 August 2018. The interconnection capacity between the two countries will then increase by 750 MW, from 5 000 MW to 5,750 MW, and by another 750 MW to 6,500 MW when the second circuit goes live in November 2018.