Spain's wind capacity up 1.5% in 2018

Chart taken from REE report.

February 7 (Renewables Now) - Wind power capacity in Spain grew by 1.5% in 2018, while other technologies barely registered any variation, Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) said Thursday in a provisional report with data including the first half of January.

The overall capacity decreased by 0.1% to 104,053 MW in 2018 due to the shutdown of a combined cycle power plant in Tarragona, REE said. The national demand was 268,808 GWh, up 0.4%. 

In peninsular Spain, the demand for electricity increased by 0.4% to 253,495 GWh with renewables covering 40.1% of the total, up from 33.7% in 2017. Imported electricity met 4.3% of demand last year.

Details for peninsular Spain are presented in the table below with provisional data by REE:

Non-renewable Share in % Renewable Share in %
Nuclear 20.6 WInd 19
Coal 13.5 Hydro 13.2
Cogeneration 11.2 Solar PV 2.9
Combined cycle 10.2 Solar CSP 1.7

Wind power output grew by 2.9% cementing its position as the second source of generation in peninsular Spain in 2018. Hydropower production increased by 84.8% on the year.

Demand also grew in Spain’s non-mainland territories, except the Canary Islands where it decreased by 1%.

The Canary Islands increased their total installed capacity by 7.7% underpinned by a jump in wind power. Their renewables' share in the last year’s power mix was 10.5%.

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