Wind power becomes Spain’s main source of energy for the first time


According to data from Red Eléctrica, this year wind power plants have already produced more than 56,000 GWh, the NIUS daily reported. The importance of this milestone is that the wind has surpassed other sources on several occasions, but never before in a year. We have to go back to 2013, when in addition the Garoña nuclear power plant was closed, to find a time when wind power was superior to nuclear power. At this moment, wind power has exceeded 54,000 GWh. It should also be added that the wind still has part of December to continue to rise.

Until now, nuclear has been the largest source of energy production for electricity consumption in Spain. It has already produced 50,834 GWh this year and, barring a radical change, it will end up behind wind power in terms of production.

The growing number of wind farms, as well as solar power plants, are increasing the installed capacity of this type of renewable production, which allows for increased production. Specifically, installed wind power capacity increased by 12% in two years and will grow even more as there are thousands of projects slated for 2021, making it the main source of our mix in 2021.

Another record was set Wednesday December 8: there was more wind power than ever thanks to the wind blowing so strongly over a large part of the country that production will be 4.2% higher than expected on January 23, 2021 (at that time, 412,000 MWh, and now 420,000 MWh). This meant that during peak hours of wind power generation, electricity cost around 14 euros per megawatt, one of the cheapest prices in Europe.


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