May 11 (Renewables Now) - Wind and solar farms in Italy produced 11 TWh of electricity in the first quarter of 2020, which was equal to roughly 14% of power demand for the period.
When geothermal energy and power from biomass power plants are added to the calculation, Italy’s non-hydro renewables output reaches 17 TWh. This was enough to meet 22% of the country’s power demand in the first quarter, according to statistics by power grid operator Terna SpA (BIT:TRN).
Wind generation in the period was down by 17.4% to 5.9 TWh, the solar and biomass output was flat, and geothermal power grew by 2.2%. Thermal power generation in the quarter, including biomass, dropped by 9.4% to 45 TWh. Total demand fell by 4.5% in the quarter after a 10.2% plunge in March due to the measures Italy had to take to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The table contains details on power generation by different energy sources.
|Output in TWh||Q1 2020||Q1 2019||March 2020||March 2019|
|- of which Biomass||4.48||4.46||1.49||1.52|
|Net power generation||66.31||70.85||20.10||22.87|
The full report by Terna is available here: https://download.terna.it/terna/Rapporto_Mensile_Marzo%202020_8d7e2e8daf6c65c.pdf