Renewables produce 46.7% of Spain's power in Oct

El Rodeo wind farm, Gran Canaria, Spain. Image credit: Manuel Romero/Ecoener (

November 3 (Renewables Now) - Spain generated 46.7% of its electricity with renewables in October, according to the latest estimates released by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE).

In the year to date, production from renewable energy sources increased by 19.4% compared to the first ten months of 2019. In January-October, the share of renewables in the nation’s total power production reached 43.5%.

Details for major technologies are given in the table below:

Technology: Share in October 2020: Estimated production in GWh: Y/Y change:
Wind 27.3% 5,724 50.2%
Solar PV 6.3% 1,320 66.3%
Solar CSP 1.7% 366 20.8%
Hydro 9.0% 1,887 68.1%
Nuclear 21.6% 4,535 0.1%
Cogeneration 11.4% 2,386 -4.4%
Combined cycle 15.3% 3,201 -46.5%
Coal 1.5% 314 -63.8%

Spain’s demand for electricity dropped by 3.4% to 20,722 GWh last month. Demand in the Spanish mainland was estimated at 19,629 GWh, down 2.6% year-on-year. On the Balearic Island, demand plunged by 24.6% to 369,664 MWh, while on the Canary Islands, REE registered an 11% decline to 688,572 MWh.

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