In quarter one 2019 The share of renewables in global electricity generation was stated to be
26%, it rose to 28% in Q1 2020. The increase of 2% from Q1 2019 to Q1 2020 came majorly
at the cost of nonrenewable energy sources of coal and gas. Although these two sources still
represent 60% of global electricity supply which is clearly dominating.
During Covid 19 renewable energy has been far from being affected in terms of business
operations. Renewables had the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; and run
normally. Renewable electricity has been very resilient or unaffected during COVID-19 times
while demand has fallen for other uses of renewable energy. Also renewable electricity
generation on the other hand increased by 3% due to new projects in wind and solar energy
completed over the past year and because renewables are generally dispatched before
other sources of electricity. Apart from less electricity demand, power grids have managed
heightened shares of wind and solar PV.
It is estimated that total global use of renewable energy will rise by about 1% in 2020. Supply
chain disruptions have caused a lot of delay and pause in several key regions, but despite
that the expansion of solar wind and hydro power is expected to help renewable electricity
generation to rise by 5% nearly in 2020. Although 5% is not a great percentage but it is
anticipated before the COVID-19 crisis. Faster recovery rate would have a minimum impact
on renewable energy production although it would enable more new renewable-based
projects to be completed. Even if recovery slower renewable energy will still increase making
renewable energy source the most relevant to the COVID-19 current crisis.
Variable renewables met a higher share of electricity demand throughout most of Q1 2020
on an hourly basis. Shares of variable renewables were similar or higher due to favourable
weather conditions, projects completed in 2019 and limited electricity demand growth before
lockdown measures were implemented . What is the COVID-19 crisis I was in its peak and
Once lockdown measures were put in place, electricity demand fell while levels of wind and
solar PV held steady. This led to a noticeable step up in variable renewables’ share of
demand. Multiple regions including Belgium, Italy, Germany, Hungary, and eastern parts of
the United States have seen record-high hourly shares of variable renewables in electricity
demand during lockdowns.
22, the share of variable renewables has been consistently higher than in the same period in
2019, Since strict social distancing measures began in Germany in March. Overall, electricity
systems have been able to deal with increasing shares of variable renewables over the past
few months because most markets have already experienced higher levels in summer
months when solar PV penetration increases significantly.