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Spain's renewables produce 30.4% of power in Oct

Wind farm in Spain. Author: Iker Merodio. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

November 20 (Renewables Now) - The renewables share in Spain’s power mix slipped to 30.4% in October from 31.8% recorded the month before, according to provisional data by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE).

In the first ten months of the year, generation from renewables accounted for 35% of the nation’s total.

All renewable energy technologies across Spain registered lower outputs in October as combined cycle power plants took over the mix with a 28.4% share. Renewable power plants together produced 6,409 GWh, down by 11% year-on-year.

Wind power production in the country declined by 11.9% year-on-year to 3,809 GWh.

REE’s estimates are summarised in the table below:

Technology: October 2019 - share % January-October 2019 - share %
Wind 18.1 19.1
Hydro 5.3 8.1
Solar PV 3.7 3.8
Solar CSP 1.4 2.3
Nuclear 21.5 22.3
Cogeneration 11.9 11.6
Combined cycle 28.4 22.2
Coal 4.1 5.3

Spain’s demand for electricity decreased by 0.7% year-on-year to 21,432 GWh in October, and by 1.8% to 220,452 GWh in the first ten months of 2019.

The Spanish mainland registered a slight drop in demand to 20,133 GWh, down 0.8% in October, with renewables accounting for 31.5% of the power generation. Production from wind farms dropped by 13.5% year-on-year to 3,719 GWh, representing 18.7% of the power mix.

A slight decline in demand was also observed in the Canary Islands, with combined cycle power plants being the go-to source of power during October. The share of renewables and non-emission technologies dropped to 14.5% from 16.8% recorded in September.

The demand for electricity in the Balearic Islands rose by 3% year-on-year to 490,338 MWh. Coal, as the leading source of electricity in the archipelago, was behind 54.2% of the power in October, while renewables and non-emission technologies increased their share to 6.9% from the previous month’s 5.8%.

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