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Spain's renewables hit 48.6% share with Nov wind power

Wind farm. Source: Endesa

December 12 (Renewables Now) - The share of renewables in electricity generation in Spain jumped to 48.6% this November from 30.4% recorded the month before, according to provisional data by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE).

During the first 11 months of the year, 36.2% of all electricity in the country was produced from renewables.

Spain’s wind farms produced 7,396 GWh in November, up 62.2% year-on-year, and succeeded in dethroning nuclear power. The wind share rose to 32.7% from 18.1% estimated in October.

November also brought a notable improvement in hydropower output, which has been lagging for the better of the year due to droughts in some parts of Spain.

REE’s estimates are summarised in the table below:

Technology: Share in November 2019 Share in January-November 2019
Wind 32.7% 20.4%
Hydro 11.5% 8.4%
Solar PV 2.3% 3.6%
Solar CSP 0.4% 2.1%
Nuclear 15.2% 21.6%
Cogeneration 11.0% 11.5%
Combined cycle 18.8% 21.9%
Coal 3.1% 5.1%

Spain’s demand for electricity declined by 0.4% year-on-year to an estimated 21,966 GWh in November, and by 1.7% to 242,395 GWh in the first 11 months of 2019.

The Spanish mainland registered a drop in demand to 20,785 GWh, down by 0.6% year-on-year in November, with renewables producing 50.4% of all electricity. Production from wind farms grew to 7,271 GWh, registering a 60.6% year-on-year boost. The share of wind power in the peninsula reached 33.8%.

In the Balearic Islands, demand went up by 5.3% year-on-year to 471,576 MWh in November. Coal fueled 41.4% of the total power production, with renewables and non-emission technologies recording a share of 6.2%.

The demand also picked up in the Canary Islands, increasing by 1.1% year-on-year to 728,677 MWh. Combined cycle power plants contributed to close to one-third of the power mix, while renewables and non-emission technologies represented 19.2% of the Canary Islands’ electricity generation.

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