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Renewables produce 29.8% of Spain's power in July

Wind farm. Author: Edgar Weber. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

August 7 (Renewables Now) - Renewable energy power plants generated 29.8% of electricity in Spain in July, down from a 33.3% share in June, according to estimates by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE).

Of all renewables in the country, wind power production was the highest reaching 3,330 GWh, up by 29.3% year-on-year.

The following table provides more details on Spain’s generation mix in July and the first seven months of the year:

Source: July 2019 - share in %: Jan-July 2019 - share in %:
Wind 14 20.3
Nuclear 21.6 22.2
Hydropower 6.7 9.2
Solar PV 4.1 3.6
Solar CSP 3.3 2.4
Cogeneration 10.5 11.6
Coal 3.5 6.2
Combined cycle 31.6 19.1

The national power demand in July is estimated at 24,283 GWh, up by 2.6% on the year. Demand for electricity during the first seven months decreased by 1.4% year-on-year to 155,105 GWh.

In the mainland, the power demand is estimated at 22,768 GWh in July, representing a 2.6% year-on-year increase. Generation from renewables accounted for 30.7% of the total power produced in the peninsula. The share of wind power was 14.2%.

In the Balearic Islands, demand rose by 5.4% year-on-year in July to 722,438 MWh, with a renewables share of 5.2%. The Canary Islands registered a 0.8% decline to 753,309 MWh in July. Renewables and non-emission technologies accounted for 24% of the total generation in the archipelago, according to REE estimates.

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