Italy meets 23% of 5-mo demand with non-hydro renewables

Monthly wind. Source: Terna SpA (

July 1 (Renewables Now) - Electricity generation from non-hydro renewable energy sources met 22.8% of Italy’s power demand in the first five months of 2019.

When hydropower plants are added to the calculation, that share rises to 34.7%, according to data by power grid operator Terna SpA (BIT:TRN).

Solar and wind power plants produced 19,824 GWh of power in January-May 2019, as compared to 16,868 GWh a year earlier. Wind power generation rose by 24% and Italy’s five-month solar power output was up by 11.3%. Biomass and geothermal power generation remained stable at 7,323 GWh and 2,379 GWh, respectively.  The table below contains details.

All in TWh May 2019 May 2018 5-mo 2019 5-mo 2018
Wind 1.65 0.9 10.2 8.2
Solar 2.3 2.4 9.6 8.6
Geothermal 0.5 0.5 2.4 2.4
Biomass 1.5 1.5 7.3 7.4
Hydro 4.6 6.5 15.4 19.7
Total demand 25.2 26 129.5 131.2

In the month of May alone, renewables accounted for 42% of power generation in Italy. There was an 81.3% year-on-year jump in wind power generation, but a 29% fall in hydropower.

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