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Green Utilities: Roadblocks Hit, But Renewables Ultimate Destination

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Companies in Energy Intelligence's annual ranking of the top 100 green utilities and independent power producers (IPP) have added almost 100 gigawatts of new renewable capacity last year — more than they ever have. But the carbon dioxide emissions intensity of their electricity output has not been decreasing as fast as in previous years. That's because post-Covid-19 recovery caused demand to surge while adverse weather conditions — including low wind and reduced hydro availability — prevented renewable capacity from being fully utilized. This in turn caused fossil fuel-fired plants to generate more intensively. Nevertheless, the ranking's average CO2 intensity has for the first time fallen below 400 kilograms per megawatt hour, at 399 kg/MWh in 2021 — down from 405 kg/MWh in 2020 and 563 kg/MWh in 2011 when the ranking was first published.

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Utilities, CO2 Emissions, Renewable Electricity
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