Global Energy Crisis Series – 2nd Article
Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the stress on diverse commodities and products has increased and expanded worldwide: wheat, petroleum, and gas have seen growth in prices. Not except these disruptions, the global systems such as supply chain, trading businesses, and energy supply have been impacted substantively by many consumers and businesses, affecting entire global-scale economies.
However, these increased tensions in the energy sector are starting to accelerate the efforts to rely on renewable energy not only in Europe but also worldwide.
In our first Article of the Global Energy Crisis Series published in early May, we talked about the Natural Gas Crisis Triggers: What you should know.
In this second delivery, Eco Green Energy summarized the impact of this Energy Crisis on the acceleration renewable energy sector and particularly in solar.
Current Energy Scenario
With over 11.3 million barrels of petroleum each day during January 2022, Russia reaches the same production level as the US and Saudi Arabia (IEA, 2021). Furthermore, it represents 25% of the global supply (gas and petroleum).
According to Figure 1, petroleum and natural gas are two dominant energy sources in Europe at 59% of energy consumption. Moreover, petroleum sits at 33.8%, and natural gas is over 25%. Another key energy source is coal at 12.2%, while renewable energy has reached only 11.5%.
Russia mainly exports energy to Europe, where the export of petroleum and natural gas to Europe accounts for 50% and 78% of the country’s total export. In 2021, the exports reached 762.8 billion m³ in natural gas production with an estimation of over 80% destinated to European markets.
In parallel and since the end of 2021, it has been an increase in the electricity bills across Europe. Some countries exceeded EU€300/MWh in average electricity prices as of December 2021, while in January 2020, the highest was EU€60/MWh. Such an energy trend stimulates the EU region to discover a new energy market.
Fast track towards 2030 fully renewable energy supply
Additionally, many European countries are implementing a package of laws set to come into force as early as July. It will enable a full supply of electricity from renewable sources by 2035. Particularly for Germany’s Solar energy is expected to more than triple to 200GW.
Europe defined a new energy policy where each EU member proposed a respective target in renewable energy development and accelerating the initial 10 priorities indicated in the European Energy Transition 2030 strategies. Furthermore, the Russia- Ukraine war outbreak also fostered the development of the renewable area in this area.
The European Commission announced an independent energy roadmap in March to extricate from the dependency on Russia’s energy imports before 2030. In fact, they are planning to start with natural gas. This action plan is named “Joint European Action for More Affordable, Secure, and Sustainable Energy”. The European Commission announced RePower EU on March 9th to resolve Europe’s existing energy security and price challenges.
“By 2030 … solar energy in power production capacities should double from the current level of 33% to 67%. And by then solar energy will also be the largest electricity source in the EU with more than half coming from rooftops.”Kadri Simson, EU Energy Commissioner
Moving to 740GW by the EU Solar Strategy
Actually, the particular program proposes that an accelerated development:
▣ In agreement with the EU Solar Strategy to double the Solar PV energy supply can attain the 740GW solar installation target by 2030.
▣ The recently approved Solar Rooftop Initiative with a phased-in legal obligation to install solar panels on new public and commercial buildings and new residential buildings by 2027 and 2029 respectively.
The unprecedented EU Solar Strategy sets out a 592 GWac target for EU solar by 2030. It is equivalent to 740 GWdc, the unit preferred by the industry. This target is higher than SolarPower Europe Global Market Outlook business-as-usual projections of 672 GWdc by the decade’s end. From initial Fit for 55 package proposals translated into 420 GWac, today’s new 592 GWac goal increases EU solar ambition.
Choosing EGE modules to accelerate energy transition
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- IEA, 2021, https://www.iea.org/countries/russia
- Statista, 2022, Which European Countries Depend on Russian Gas? https://www.statista.com/chart/26768/dependence-on-russian-gas-by-european-country/
- Energy Trend, 2022, Aggravated Conflict between Russia and Ukraine to Accelerate Development of Renewable Energy in Europe