Greece ran on 100 percent renewable energy for the first time

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Grace Smith | October 18, 2022

The Greek electrical system ran on 100 percent clean renewable energy for the first time on Oct. 7.  That day, renewable energy sources ran Greece’s electrical system for five hours and reached a new record of 3,106 megawatt hours of electricity. 

The Independent Power Transmission Operator, which owns Greece’s electrical system and connecting power plants, said the success from Oct. 7 will bring about more success and hope for a greener country in the coming years. Greece hopes to use 30 million euros to elevate its electricity grid to double green energy capacity for at least 70 percent of the green energy mix by 2030. 

As of August 2022, natural gas and renewable sources like wind and solar power made up most of its power. In 2019, Greece’s energy consumption was ranked 52nd in the world and used a third of the amount of energy as the U.S. Greece used 108 million BTU and the U.S. used 304.41 million BTU. 

The U.S. is making progress since 2019 in using more renewable energy sources. The California Independent System Operator uses about 80 percent of the state. In addition to California, the U.S. exceeded coal and nuclear energy with wind power in 2022. 

Bill boosting solar energy development gets OK from Iowa Senate panel

Solar Panels at Regions Bank in Waterloo, Iowa.  Photo courtesy of Paul McClure; Flickr.
Solar Panels at Regions Bank in Waterloo, Iowa.
Photo courtesy of Paul McClure; Flickr.

Under this bill, Iowa’s investor-owned electrical utilities would be required to provide their customers with 105 megawatts of solar energy.

The bill is aimed at bolstering Iowa’s solar energy industry, the Des Moines Register reported. 

Tim Dwight, the president of the Iowa Solar/Small Wind Energy Trade Association, said the cost of solar energy is dropping on a monthly basis and is becoming a mainstream method of generating electricity.

Head to the Register to find out more.