Europe’s power system weathered a turbulent winter with the help of reduced demand combined with record renewable generation. A coal ‘comeback’ never materialised, as EU coal power fell compared to last winter.

As Europe headed towards the end of 2022, the ongoing gas crisis combined with low nuclear and hydro output led to concerns about how countries would keep the lights on over winter. Now, looking back over the last six months, it is clear that Europe’s power system successfully rode out the storm. This analysis “Weathering the winter” by Ember examines power generation and changes to electricity demand across EU countries in the winter months to understand what happened over the winter, and what lessons the EU can take forward.

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