Wind produces 22.6% of Spain’s power in May

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

June 7 (Renewables Now) - Wind power had a 22.6% share in Spain’s generation mix by producing 4,655 GWh in May, according to estimates provided by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana.

Compared to the data from May 2018, wind power production increased by 40.2% year-on-year. All renewables together accounted for 41.6% of the power mix during the month.

The share of other main technologies can be seen in the table below:

Source Share in %
Wind 22.6
Nuclear 19.4
Hydropower 9.2
Solar PV 4.5
Solar CSP 3.7
Cogeneration 12.3
Coal 2.3
Combined cycle 20.7

Demand for electricity across Spain’s entire territory was down by 0.8% year-on-year to 21,127 GWh in May.

In the mainland, the power demand is estimated at 19,899 GWh, down by 0.9% year-on-year. The share of renewables was 43.2%

Demand increased in the Balearic Islands by 1.1% year-on-year to an estimated 480,922 MWh with coal being the principal source of electricity. Renewables and non-emission technologies had an 8.4% share in the Balearic Islands’ power mix.

The Canary Islands noted a 0.3% year-on-year decrease in demand to 713,808 MWh in May. The archipelago obtained 16.5% of its electricity from clean sources.

In the January-May period, renewables accounted for 39.3%, with wind power occupying a 22.5% share in the whole of Spain.

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