Spain's power in Jan-April was 47% renewable

Wind turbine at Almeriques wind farm in Spain. Author: Emilio J. Rodríguez-Posada. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.

April 30 (Renewables Now) - Wind farms produced more than a quarter of Spain’s power in the first four months of 2018, while the overall share of renewables arrived at 47.1%.

Wind turbines were the number-one source of electricity in the period, followed by nuclear power plants with a share of 21.1%. This is according to provisional statistics released today by grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE).

In April alone, wind farms generated 4,439 GWh, up by 6.3% on the year. According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Spain had 23.2 GW of wind parks installed at end-2017.

The table below shows how much of Spain’s power came from the main energy sources in the country.

Source (Share in %) 4-mo 2018 April 2018
Wind 25.8 22.6
Nuclear 21.1 19.5
Hydro 16.1 24
Cogeneration 11 12.2
Coal 10.8 6.9
Combined-cycle gas 7.8 6
Solar 3.6 5.1

Power demand in peninsular Spain stood at 85,906 GWh in January-April, and at 19,902 GWh in April alone.

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