A big effort is being made in Germany to phase out energy sources such as coal and nuclear power in favor of more environmentally friendly energy. One possible solution would be to convert coal mines into pumped-storage hydroelectric power stations.
The UK is the current world leader in offshore wind capacity. But with the country heading for the EU exit door, can the renewable energy boom last?
It's a new milestone: Europe got more of its power from solar, wind and biomass than coal last year. But when it comes to investment, the European industry is in decline as China steals the title of renewables pioneer.
At the UN climate conference in Bonn, an alliance of 20 countries pledged to rapidly phase out coal in the coming years. Germany has not joined the group — although the reasons for abandoning coal seem to be oiling up.
According to an industry report, energy from renewable sources provided higher-than-average power over the weekend. Germany's coal-fired power plants also saw the lowest output in recent history over one hour on Sunday.
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