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Spain's renewables increase output, but wind slips in Jan

The Puertollano 2 solar park. Source: Renovalia Energy Group

February 13 (Renewables Now) - Renewables were behind 41.6% of all electricity generated on Spain’s national territory in January, according to the latest estimates by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE).

Renewable energy technologies generated a total of 9,454 GWh, up 2.7%, driven only by higher outputs from solar photovoltaic (PV), hydropower and renewables classified as other.

Wind power generation dropped by 23.3% year-on-year to 4,622 GWh, which amounted to a 20.3% share in the national production.

More information is available in the table below:

Technology: January 2020
GWh Y/Y change: Share:
Wind 4,622 -23.3% 20.3%
Hydro 3,725 75.1% 16.4%
Solar PV 620 22.3% 2.7%
Solar CSP 86 -48.3% 0.4%
Other renewables 335 10.0% 1.5%
Nuclear 5,289 4.9% 23.3%
Combined cycle 3,856 10.2% 17%
Cogeneration 2,439 -8.8% 10.7%
Coal 866 73.7% 3.8%

Demand for electricity was down 3.1% year-on-year to 23,810 GWh in the whole of Spain. In the peninsula alone, demand dropped by 3.2% to an estimated 22,562 GWh.

The peninsular power system recorded a 43.3% renewables share in total generation, dragged down from 51.5% in December by low wind output. Wind power production declined by 23.6% year-on-year to 4,563 GWh, accounting for 21.1% of the mainland power mix.

On the Balearic Islands, power demand dropped by 4.5% to 456,461 MWh. REE noted that the share of coal in the Balearic system was zero this January compared to 64.1% in the same period in 2019. It was the first time that coal-based plants had not generated a single MWh for the archipelago system since REE began keeping records, the grid operator said.

Instead, coal domination was replaced by combined-cycle power plants which with a 76.5% were the main source of electricity on the Balearic Islands. Renewables and other non-polluting sources represented 4.9% of the power generation.

Demand for electricity on the Canary Islands remained unchanged in year-on-year terms and was estimated at 755,694 MWh. Combined-cycle power plants produced 44.6% of electricity on the archipelago, while renewables and other non-polluters provided 10.4%.

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