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Nuclear and Hydro are Top Carbon-free Sources

Europe’s share of electricity from sources that generate little or no carbon dioxide is now at 56%, according to the EIA. France, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland top the list of European “no-carbon” states, with each country generating more than 90% of their net electricity from no-carbon sources in 2012. Eight other countries produce at least 50% of their power from no-carbon sources.

No-carbon generation sources include geothermal, hydroelectric, nuclear, solar (both utility scale and distributed solar), tidal and wind generation. The EIA includes bio-mass in its “no-carbon” mix, although carbon dioxide is emitted during the process of creating energy, it is considered carbon-neutral over its lifespan.

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Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics

The United States generated 32% of its electricity from no-carbon sources in 2012, coming in large part from its fleet of nuclear plants. Europe generated most of its no-carbon electricity from nuclear and hydroelectric sources, along with a smaller portfolio of other renewables. About 30% of Iceland’s total net electricity generation came from geothermal and hydroelectric in 2012, while Denmark generated more than half of its electricity from wind and biomass.

Germany’s overall no-carbon generation share rose only modestly between 2002 and 2012, from 38% to 41%. Part of the small increase is attributed to Germany re-shuffling its portfolio after the Fukushima disaster. It cut its nuclear generation by 12% and raised its share of solar, wind and biomass by 15%.

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