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May 6 (Renewables Now) - Spain’s power plants produced 46.2% of electricity with renewables in April, Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana said in its latest estimates report.
The share of renewables in April’s total power production fell from 53.7% recorded a month earlier, which was then a decline from 58.9% in February, the figures show. REE highlights that April also saw an 11% increase in the production of “green gigawatt-hours” compared to the same time in 2020.
Nuclear power plants were the top electricity producers in April, generating 21.1% of the total output, followed by wind farms and combined cycle power plants. The solar power technologies -- photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) -- both ramped up output in year-on-year terms.
More details are given in the table below:
|Technology:||Share in April:||Estimated production in April (in GWh):||Y/Y change:||January-April combined share:|
Spain’s demand for electricity in April was estimated at 19,973 GWh, up by 17.1% year-on-year. REE gave two sets of figures to illustrate the evolution of the demand –- those for April 2020, when Spain spent a full month sheltering in place to tame the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and those for April 2019.
Compared to April 2019, the nation’s demand for power decreased by 3.7%.
Demand figures for Spain’s three electricity systems separately are presented in the following table:
|Territory||Demand in April 2021||vs April 2020||vs April 2019|
|Mainland Spain||18,940 GWh||+17.2%||-3.1%|
|Balearic Islands||377,746 MWh||+17.4%||-17.1%|
|Canary Islands||624,641 MWh||+13.9%||-10.9%|