Spain's renewables share falls to 53.7% in March

The Puertollano 2 solar park. Source: Renovalia Energy Group

April 5 (Renewables Now) - Renewable energy plants produced 53.7% of Spain’s power in March, down from 58.9% a month earlier, according to the latest estimates report released today by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE).

In January through March, the renewables share in the total power production was 54.4%.

Spain’s wind farms were the top electricity producers last month, increasing output by 1.1% year-on-year to 5,661 GWh and a 25.5% share in the total.

Details on Spain’s power mix in March are summarised in the table below:

Technology: Share in March: Estimated production in GWh: Y/Y change: January-March combined share:
Wind 25.5% 5,661 1.1% 28.2%
Hydro 16.9% 3,744 20.3% 18.2%
Solar PV 7.5% 1,665 56.1% 5.1%
Solar CSP 1.8% 397 68.3% 0.9%
Nuclear 21.8% 4,831 -6.6% 21.3%
Cogeneration 10.2% 2,261 1.1% 9.6%
Combined cycle 9.6% 2,138 11.9% 9.5%
Coal 1.1% 249 -47.6% 1.5%

Spain’s demand for electricity was estimated at 21,930 GWh in March, up by 4.8% compared to the same month last year when the country went into a nation-wide lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Compared to March 2019, the nation’s demand was lower by 2.7%.

On the mainland, consumer demand was estimated at 20,835 GWh, which represented a 5.2% increase compared to March last year and a 2.3% decline from the same period before the pandemic.

Demand in the Balearic Islands rose by 1.4% on the year to 409,525 MWh. Compared to March 2019, demand fell by 7.6%.

Lastly, in the Canary Islands, demand dropped by 4.4% year-on-year to 652,120 MWh and by 12.4% compared to March 2019.

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