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EU Electricity Prices & Renewable Energy

August 1, 2015

By Paul Homewood     




Ed Hoskins wrote an interesting essay for WUWT this week, European Renewable Energy performance for 2014 falls far short of claims, which included the above table.  


Joe Public kindly sent me the Eurostat table of EU electricity prices. No prizes for spotting the connection. 



  1. August 1, 2015 6:46 pm


  2. August 1, 2015 6:46 pm

    Correlation is not causation – only kidding. We know that the subsidies paid to renewable energy generators are added to consumers bills (except in Spain where some of the subsidies are paid by the taxpayer and are not added to electricity prices) so there is a strong correlation between electricity prices and amount of renewable capacity.

  3. A C Osborn permalink
    August 1, 2015 6:58 pm

    The amount each Country has invested in renewables would also be interesting.
    Just to see how much they have been investing (wasting) to get their very expensive electricity.

  4. Svend Ferdinandsen permalink
    August 1, 2015 10:13 pm

    Why is hydro not concidered renewable?
    In that case Norway would come as 1. in renewable instalations.

    • August 1, 2015 10:27 pm

      It’s the traditional way that BP have always presented it.

    • AndyG55 permalink
      August 1, 2015 10:30 pm

      Because to count hydro would put many countries way above the “target” for reducing CO2 emissions and therefore not need wind and solar.

      They want to force the use of wind and solar.

      They only count hydro when they need to beef up there figures to show how much “renewables” they have.

      Its a “moving the goalposts” thing.

  5. August 2, 2015 5:01 am

    So much for the ‘free’ energy from the wind and sun then. Shared on Facebook.

  6. August 2, 2015 8:20 pm

    Combining the data from the two graphs clarifies the trend:

    • Billy Liar permalink
      August 2, 2015 11:43 pm

      Jonathan Drake,

      Do you have a correlation coefficient for that graph?

  7. August 3, 2015 7:11 am

    Billy Liar,
    Yes, the R^2 = 0.85378

  8. AllenC permalink
    August 5, 2015 12:11 pm

    In Ontario, they run the generating station at Niagara Falls at far less than capacity so that wind and solar can be used. In fact, wind and solar must be used first (by law) followed by other forms of electricity generation. Do you just love ideology!


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