45% of Spain Electricity From Renewable Sources

45% of Spain Electricity From Renewable Sources45% of Spain Electricity From Renewable Sources

Spain’s transition to a low-carbon economy is making strong progress with almost half of all power now coming from renewable energy.

Fresh data from Red Electrica de Espana, the country’s energy operator, show that 45.8% of all electricity came from renewable sources between January and June, Climate Action Program reported.

The new statistics for 2018 highlight an 8.5% increase in renewable production compared to the same period of last year.

The strong performances of both wind turbines and hydropower provided the bulk of the clean energy: wind provided 27,779 gigawatt hours of electricity during the first six months of the year, representing 22.6% of all power. This is a 10% rise from last year.

A heavy period of rain, in stark contrast to a dry 2017, helped hydro production reach over 20,000 GWh, equal to 16.9% of power. Solar technologies provided 4.6%. All low-carbon technologies, including nuclear, pushed the figure to 67.5%.

In the past decade, Spain’s amount of installed renewable power has increased by 53%, according to Red Eléctrica. The company is working on bringing forward 30,500 megawatts of new capacity to further support the integration of renewables onto the grid and wean the country off its dependence on fossil fuels.

Similar data were also released this week in Germany where a record 42% of its power came from renewables in the first six months of 2018. The UK also saw 30% of power from renewables during the first quarter of this year.

Analysts expect the strong upward trajectory for clean power to continue, as countries seek to combat climate change and meet their goals under the Paris Agreement.

BP’s yearly forecast in February anticipated a 400% growth in the market over the next 20 years.


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