Spain’s renewables share climbs to 31.8% in Sept

October 25 (Renewables Now) – Spain’s renewables produced 31.8% of electricity in September, rising from the 28.1% share registered the previous month, provisional data provided by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) have shown.

In the first nine months of the year, generation from renewable energy power plants accounted for 35.6% of the total.

Wind power production recovered from the plunge it suffered in August, growing by 58.4% in year-on-year terms to 3,892 GWh and an 18.2% share in September from the 12.5% share held the month before.

REE’s estimates for September and the first nine months of 2019 are summarised in the table below:

Technology: Production in GWh: September 2019 – share: January-September 2019 – share:
Wind 3,892 18.2% 19.3%
Hydro 1,225 5.7% 8.4%
Solar PV 851 4.0% 3.8%
Solar CSP 455 2.1% 2.4%
Nuclear 4,996 23.4% 22.4%
Cogeneration 2,355 11.0% 11.4%
Combined cycle 5,741 26.9% 21.5%
Coal 683 3.2% 5.5%

Spain’s renewable power plants together produced 6,805 GWh in September, up by 13.9% year-on-year.

The nation’s demand for electricity declined by 3.9% year-on-year to estimated 21,262 GWh in September, and by 1.9% to 198,973 GWh during the year’s first nine months.

In the Spanish mainland, demand for power dropped by 4.1% year-on-year to 19,901 GWh. Renewable electricity generation accounted for 33% in the peninsula, with wind farms leading with 3,791 GWh and an 18.8% share in the September power mix.

Declines in demand were also observed in the Balearic and the Canary Islands, down by 0.9% and 1.6% year-on-year, respectively.

Coal-based power was again the leading source of electricity in the Balearic Islands, jumping to account for 57.2% of the September total from 48.5% in August. At the same time, renewables and non-emission technologies grew their share to 5.8% from the previous month’s 4.8%.

The Canary Islands sourced 36.7% of their power from combined cycle power plants during the last summer month. The share of renewables and non-emission technologies dropped to 16.8% in September from 23.2% registered the month before.

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