Hot June weather pushes Spain's renewables share down to 39.2%

Author: Gianluca Di natale. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

July 5 (Renewables Now) - The renewables share in Spain’s total power production plunged to 39.2% in June, after a heat wave that tore through much of the country triggered more use of conventional generation plants to power air conditioners.

The renewables share was 49.8% in May.

Wind farms were Spain’s top electricity producers for the past three consecutive months, but in June their share in the power mix fell to just 15.7%, according to preliminary figures released by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE). At the same time, production from coal-fired and combined cycle gas power plants increased significantly.

Figures are available in the table below:

Technology: Share in June: Estimated production (in GWh): y/y change: January-June share:
Wind 15.7% 3,662 -0.5% 22.7%
Hydro 5.1% 1,193 -45.3 7.3%
Solar PV 13.6% 3,172 36.5% 10.2%
Solar CSP 2.5% 592 -9.7% 1.6%
Other renewables 1.8% 424 18.5% 1.8%
Nuclear 19.2% 4,475 21.5% 20.4%
Cogeneration 6.4% 1,502 -31.3% 8.5%
Combined cycle 28.5% 6,633 81.5% 20.7%
Coal 3.6% 846 78.5% 3%

Spain’s demand for power rose by 2.8% year-on-year to an estimated 21,306 GWh.

On the mainland, demand was estimated at 19,991 GWh, up by 2% compared to June 2021. On the Balearic Islands, demand climbed by 25.1% to 574,887 MWh, while in the Canary Islands system, demand rose by 11.2% to 706,641 MWh, REE said.

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