In the last decade, renewable energy has exploded in popularity. Many countries and regions are at or approaching 100% renewable energy. This is not a new idea, but with the cost of fossil fuels rising, the world is seeking a cost effective solution to move away from oil.
Countries with 100% renewable energy are in the process of phasing out the use of fossil fuels across all sectors. These include electric power, transportation, and industrial heat.
Costa Rica has been a leading country in the move towards producing all electricity from renewable sources. For the past seven years, Costa Rica has produced 98% of its electrical needs using renewable resources. The government is now in the process of phasing out fossil fuels for all its energy needs by the year 2050.
Iceland is a unique country in that it produces nearly all of its electricity from renewable sources. Most of its energy comes from hydro and geothermal energy. Its volcanic activity provides a major source of geothermal energy.
Iceland’s ambassador to Britain is proposing an interconnector between the UK and the island. Iceland’s goal is to become a self-sufficient island with a 100% renewable energy supply.
Denmark is another country that is on track toward producing all of its electricity and heat from renewable resources. In the next few years, Denmark plans to source 50% of its electricity from wind power and phase out coal at power plants.
Sweden is also on the road to 100 percent renewable electricity production by 2040. Norway is on a path to produce almost ninety percent of its power from renewable sources.