Renewables met 47.1% of Greece’s power demand in Jan-Oct
The Antia wind farm, Greece. Image by Iberdrola (www.iberdrola.com)
Renewable power plants in Greece, including large hydropower, produced 20,186 GWh of electricity in the first ten months of the year, surpassing the combined output of fossil fuel and coal-fired facilities for the first time, new statistics show.
According to data released by Greece’s Independent Power Transmission Operator IPTO this week, a total of 16,689 GWh were generated by renewable power plants excluding large hydropower stations. Fossil gas and lignite produced 15,193 GWh and 4,666 GWh, respectively, and the output of large hydropower plants (HPPs) came at 3,498 GW.
Together with HPPs, renewable power facilities managed to cover 47.1% of the country’s power demand, or five percentage points more than a year back regardless of the decreased hydropower production. Excluding hydropower, renewables accounted for 38.9%, up from 32.3%.
Fossil gas covered 35.4% of the overall consumption, whereas the share of lignite sources stood at 10.9%. Net power imports were responsible for 6.6% of demand, the lowest share since 2013.
October was a record month for green power in Greece as its renewable power plants produced enough electricity to supply the national power demand over a straight five-hour period on October 7. The output of the country’s renewable power fleet then reached an all-time high of 3,106 MW.
Veselina Petrova is one of Renewables Now's most experienced green energy writers. For several years she has been keeping track of game-changing events both large and small projects and across the globe.