Bulgaria has doubled the share of renewable energy in a decade

Since 2010, Bulgaria has increased its share of produced renewable energy from 8 percent to 15 percent, while maintaining the proportions of liquid fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Additionally, the country has successfully reduced its reliance on solid fossil fuels from 37 percent to 26 percent.

The percentage of dependence on fossil fuel imports in Bulgaria has decreased from 40.15 percent to 36.14 percent. This positive shift comes after Russia initiated a war against Ukraine, prompting Bulgaria to diversify its gas suppliers. Nonetheless, Bulgaria still maintains a level of dependence on fossil fuels, as noted by the EC.

The data reveals a decline in the number of energy-poor individuals in Bulgaria. However, it remains nearly three times higher than the EU average. In 2020, 22.2 percent of Bulgarian citizens were behind on their energy bills. In 2021, this figure dropped to 19.2 percent, and last year, it reached 18.8 percent. In comparison, the EU saw a slight increase of 0.4 percent in such households over the past two years.

In Bulgaria, the percentage of people who claim they can’t afford to keep their homes warm was 27.5 percent in 2020, 23.7 percent in 2021, and 22.5 percent last year. To put this in perspective, in the EU, these figures increased from 7.5 percent to 9.3 percent during the same period.

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