Renewable power generation ratio hits new high in 2021

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A wind farm built by Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. in Jangheung, about 400 kilometers south of Seoul, is seen in this photo provided by the power plant builder on November 4, 2021. (Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. )

The amount of electricity generated from renewable energy in South Korea hit a record high in 2021 thanks to the government’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to data released Monday.

Electricity generated from renewable energy sources reached 43,085 gigawatt hours last year, or 7.5% of the country’s total electricity production, according to the Korea Electric Power Corp.

The ratio was three times higher than ten years ago. It was the first time that the share exceeded the 7% level.

The volume of electricity produced from solar, wind and other renewable energy sources has also increased 3.5 times compared to 10 years earlier.

The surge in the proportion of renewables came as South Korea pushed greenhouse gas emissions to address global warming and climate change.

The proportion of electricity from liquefied natural gas (LNG) jumped to 29.2% from 22.7% during the cited period.

By contrast, coal-fired thermal power accounted for 34.3 percent of the country’s electricity generation last year, up from 40.8 percent in 2011.

The ratio for nuclear power plants also fell to 27.4% from 31.1% due to the previous government’s policy to reduce nuclear power generation.

At the end of December, the power generation capacity of renewable energy sources stood at 24,855 megawatts, 6.9% more than that of the country’s nuclear power plants. It was the first time that renewable energy sources exceeded nuclear power plants in terms of capacity.

But the new administration Yoon Suk-yeol, which took office on May 10, has pledged to increase the proportion of electricity generated from nuclear power. Asia’s fourth largest economy currently operates 24 nuclear reactors. (Yonhap)


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