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Spain's power 41% renewable in January-October 2018

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

November 6 (Renewables Now) - Renewables produced 40.9% of Spain’s power in the first 10 months of 2018, led by wind whose share in the mix arrived at 19.5%.

Nuclear power plants (NPPs) were the only source beating wind in the period, with a share of 22%, while hydropower plants ranked third with 14.4%. As for other renewables, solar photovoltaic (PV) parks had a 3.2% share, while solar thermal power plants fetched 2.1% of Spain’s electricity.

For the month of October, renewables had a share of 33.5%. Wind farms produced 4,322 GW, up by 35.6% from the previous year, and accounted for 20.6% of electricity generation.

The table shows where Spain’s power came from in October and in the 10 months.

Source (share in %) Oct 2018 10-mo 2018
Nuclear 24.5 22
Wind 20.6 19.5
Hydro 7.1 14.4
Coal 16.2 13.8
Cogeneration 11.9 11.6
Combined-cycle gas 12.2 10
Solar (PV + CSP) 4 5.3

Peninsular Spain’s power demand stood at 211,487 GWh in the 10 months and at 20,391 GWh in October.

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