By SOCAR USA

The 28 countries in the European Union are generating nearly a fifth of their energy from non-hydropower renewables, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

The renewables leader is Germany, which generated 36 percent of its power from clean energy in 2015 — twice the EU’s 18 percent average.

Europe’s leader in renewables growth last year was Britain. Twenty-four percent of its power came from clean energy — quadruple the 6 percent of 2010.

Italy generated more than 20 percent of its energy from renewables in 2015, and France 19 percent.

Meanwhile, the Group of 20 countries — the world’s wealthiest economies — obtained 8 percent of their power from renewables in 2015, versus 4.6 percent in 2010.

In addition to leading the EU in renewables, Germany’s 36 percent share of power from clean energy also led the G20 nations in 2015.

Although adding a lot of clean energy since 2010, the world’s two biggest economies — the United States and China — continue to lag in the percentage of power obtained from renewables.

The United States gets only 8 percent of its power from solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. China gets only 5 percent.

Although China has added more renewable-energy capacity than any country in the world in the past six years, it has also added a lot of coal-generated capacity, keeping its renewables-percentage low.

SOCAR USA is the U.S. representative office of SOCAR, the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic, and is headed by Director Rauf Mammadov. The office was founded in 2012 and is engaged in generating awareness of the company’s global activities in the United States and exploring U.S.-based energy-industry opportunities.