Renewables produce 52.3% of Spain's power in Jan

Faro Farelo wind farm in Galicia, Spain. Source: Elecnor

February 2 (Renewables Now) - The share of renewables in Spain’s total power production rose to 52.3% in January from 50.4% estimated the month before, Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) said in its preliminary report.

The first month of 2021 also saw wind farm output jumping by 55.9% year-on-year to 7,212 GWh. With the 29.5% share in the total production, wind farms were the leading source of electricity in Spain, leaving behind nuclear energy and hydropower plants -- the second and the third largest power producers, respectively.

REE’s estimates are summarised in the table below:

Technology: Share in January 2021: Estimated production in GWh: Y/Y change:
Wind 29.5% 7,212 55.9%
Solar PV 3.5% 848 35.5%
Solar CSP 0.5% 111 29.1%
Hydro 16.9% 4,134 10.8%
Nuclear 21.2% 5,191 -1.9%
Cogeneration 9.9% 2,407 -1.4%
Combined cycle 11% 2,680 -30.5%
Coal 2.3% 568 -34.4%

Spain’s demand for electricity climbed by 1% on the year to an estimated 24,074 GWh. In the mainland, demand rose by 1.5% to 22,907 GWh.

A 3.1% increase in demand was noted on the Balearic Islands, while in the Canary Islands system, demand dropped by 13.1% year-on-year.

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