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Published on January 14th, 2014 | by Cynthia Shahan


Wind Power Spain’s #1 Power Source In 2013!

January 14th, 2014 by  

In Spain, power generation from wind farms and hydroelectric plants has spiraled upwards, escalating in the last year. This renewable power sector is a leading cause of Spain’s recent 23.1% drop in greenhouse gas emissions. Wind farms moved for the first time front and center in Spain’s energy mix by furnishing the greatest amount of the Spain’s annual electricity supply in 2013.

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The UK’s Business Green reports:

Red Eléctrica de España (REE) released a preliminary report on the country’s power system late last month, revealing that for “the first time ever, [wind power] contributed most to the annual electricity demand coverage”. According to the figures, wind turbines met 21.1 per cent of electricity demand on the Spanish peninsular, narrowly beating the region’s fleet of nuclear reactors, which provided 21 per cent of power.

In total, wind farms are estimated to have generated 53,926GWh of electricity, up 12 per cent on 2012, while high levels of rainfall meant hydroelectric power output was 16 per cent higher than the historical average, climbing to 32,205GWh.

“Throughout 2013, the all-time highs of wind power production were exceeded,” the REE report stated. “On February 6, wind power recorded a new maximum of instantaneous power with 17,056MW at 3:49 pm (2.5 per cent up on the previous record registered in April 2012), and that same day the all-time maximum for hourly energy was also exceeded reaching 16,918MWh.”

James Murry of Business Green also points out that clean energy from neighboring Portugal progressed in the last year as well, generating over 70% of its power from renewables during the first quarter of the year, driven by a surge in wind and hydro power output.

The report considers that there is continuing challenges heading into 2014. However, Spain is above average with “electricity prices compared to the rest of the EU.”

Kudos to Spain for leading the world in renewable energy despite tough economic times.

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  • JamesWimberley

    No thanks for this success should go to Rajoy’s conservative government, which cares little for climate change and is desperately trying to shield the fossil generators from huge losses. The strategy, masterminded some say by the wind and hydro giant Iberdrola, includes punitive *disincentives* to solar. There simply isn’t a residential solar sector in Spain, though with 50% more sun than Germany, it would not need any subsidy..

    • Bob_Wallace

      Were anyone in government able to think they would encourage rooftop solar, the more panels the merrier, and snake a big wire over the mountains to the rest of Europe.

      Spain could be selling electricity to the rest of Europe and creating some income. In a country that is hurting for trade, here’s an opportunity.
      Homeowners could earn some income, that money would wash around the local economy, and Spain would be helped out of the economic hole it’s in.

  • Frederik

    This is great news. People think that Germany is the main force behind renewable energy, but it seems like Spain and Portugal are at least equally deserving of that title… Furthermore, as tibi stibi pointed out, this will also be very good for the import balance of these countries.

  • tibi stibi
  • tibi stibi

    and at this moment there is 36% wind power:

  • tibi stibi

    i would not be surprised if this would help get Spain back on track with its
    economy. al the money going into wind power stays in the country instead of needing to bye coal, oil and gas from other countries!

    • Yes, it should certainly help! (But they are in one mighty hole.)

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