India’s wind and solar share rose from three per cent of the total generation in 2015 to 10 per cent in the first half of 2020 and at the same time coal’s share fell from 77 to 68 per cent.
For the first time, the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel coal ran at less than half of its capacity this year, said UK environmental group Ember’s report on Thursday.
The report is a half-year analysis of the global electricity transition, analysing 48 countries that represent 83 per cent of global electricity.
Ember says wind and solar reached a record-high market share of 10 per cent of global electricity in the first half of 2020, up by 14 per cent compared to the same period last year despite a three per cent drop in demand globally due to the impact of COVID-19.
These two factors led to the largest half-year fall in coal generation since at least 1990 and meant that this year, for the first time, the world’s coal fleet ran at less than half of its capacity.