Renewables could create quarter of world’s electricity by 2018

Renewable energy is expected to account for a quarter of worldwide energy generation by 2018, up from a fifth in 2011.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts a 40% increase in supply from renewables such as wind, solar and hydropower in the next five years.

Global electricity generation from renewable sources will exceed that of gas and be twice that of nuclear by 2016, according to the IEA report.

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