TIRANA, September 21
Albania ranks third in Europe following Norway and Iceland in terms of electricity generation from renewable sources with a share of 86 percent of total production in 2016, Eurostat confirms. Based on the official stats, this level is higher compared to the European Union (EU) average where the generation of electricity from renewable sources contributed to 30 percent of the total gross electricity consumption during 2016. Energy consumption in Albania is based in the electricity generation system that depends on 100 percent on hydropower plants (HPPs).
HPPS are the most important source of renewable energy in Europe, followed by wind energy, and solar power. Other sources of renewable energy are wood, biogas, biowaste, and geothermal.
According to Eurostat, the best performers in the EU in 2016 were Austria (73%), Sweden (65%), and Portugal and Denmark (54%). On the other hand, the EU countries will the lowest performance in terms of electricity generation from renewable sources are Cyprus (9%), Luxemburg and Hungary (7%), and Malta (6%).
The countries with the highest share of electricity from renewable sources in 2016 were Norway (104.7%), Iceland (95.3), and Albania (86%).
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