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Renewables produce 28.1% of Spain's power in Aug

Wind turbines in Spain. Author:Santi VillamarĂ­n.

September 5 (Renewables Now) - Renewables had a 28.1% share in the total power generation in Spain during August, according to provisional data published by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE).

In the first eight months of 2019, renewables accounted for 36% of the country's electricity production.

Wind power production took a notable hit in August, plunging by 9.6% year-on-year to 2,831 GWh. The share of wind in the August power mix was 12.5%, down from 14% recorded in July.

More information on Spain’s power mix in August and the first eight months of 2019 is available in the table below:

Source: August 2019 - share: January-August 2019 - share:
Wind 12.5% 19.3%
Hydro 5.5% 8.7%
Solar PV 4.7% 3.8%
Solar CSP 3.5% 2.5%
Nuclear 22.4% 22.2%
Cogeneration 10.4% 11.6%
Combined cycle 33.1% 20.9%
Coal 2.7% 5.7%

In the Spanish mainland, demand for power decreased by 2.9% to 21,354 GWh in August. Renewables represented 28.8% of the total generation in the peninsula with wind power production dropping by 12.9% year-on-year to 2,672 GWh and a 12.5% share.

The Balearic Islands archipelago increased its power demand by 0.6% year-on-year to an estimated 708,096 MWh in August. Coal was the number one source of power generation on the Islands, holding a 48.5% share. The share of renewables and non-emission technologies like nuclear power was 4.8%.

The Canary Islands registered a 0.4% decline in demand to 779,450 MWh. The Islands drew 37.3% of their electricity from combined-cycle power plants, while renewable and non-emission technologies had a 23.2% share.

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