Peninsular Spain sees 51.5% renewables share in Dec

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January 27 (Renewables Now) - Renewables increased their share in power generation in peninsular Spain to 51.5% in December from 50.6% a month earlier, thanks to high outputs from hydro, wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power.

According to the latest monthly report from Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE), renewables generated a total of 10,942 GWh on the mainland, increasing the output by 42.3% year-on-year.

Wind farms took the lead as the biggest producers of electricity, followed by hydropower plants, which benefited from very wet weather conditions in December and higher reservoir levels compared to the month before.

The renewables power mix in peninsular Spain in December is summarised in the table below:

Technology December 2019 January-December 2019
GWh Y/Y change Share GWh Y/Y change
Hydro 4,626 86.1% 21.8% 24,692 -27.6%
Wind 5,394 24.9% 25.4% 53,068 8.4%
Solar PV 488 20.5% 2.3% 8,824 19.6%
Solar CSP 69 -37% 0.3% 5,166 16.8%
Other renewables 300 0.1% 1.4% 3,605 1.6%
Renewable waste 65 -6.4% 0.3% 739 0.8%
Renewables total: 10,942 42.3% 51.5% 96,094 -3.1%

Demand for electricity decreased by 1.5% year-on-year to 20,865 GWh in December, and by 1.7% to 249,144 GWh in 2019.

On the Canary Islands, renewables generated 88 GWh of electricity in December, up by 35.6% year-on-year, led by wind power. Demand rose by 0.7% to 747 GWh.

Coal and other non-renewable technologies continued to dominate the Balearic Islands power mix in December, generating 287 GWh compared to 15 GWh produced by renewables. Demand declined by 0.1% to 422 GWh.

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