Spain wind generation increases 15% as coronavirus lowers demand

Ilaria Grasso Macola 8 April 2020 (Last Updated April 8th, 2020 11:59)

Spain’s wind energy production has grown by 15% in March 2020 compared with the same period last year, due to an increase in production and a fall in demand.

Spain wind generation increases 15% as coronavirus lowers demand
Spain’s wind generation has increased by 15%. Credit: Luca Temporelli.

Spain’s wind energy production has grown by 15% in March 2020 compared with the same period last year, due to an increase in production and a fall in demand.

Data from Spain’s national electricity grid Red Electrica de España (REE) showed that wind power generation totalled to 5.543 GWh, accounting for 27% of the country’s total power demand in March.

Spanish renewable association AEE said that the decrease in demand and increase in generation has led to the lowest price in four years, at €27/MWh.

REE blamed the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic for the drop in prices, stating that the country’s demand in 2020 was following a trend similar to 2019 until 9 March, when the government introduced the first containment measures.

Despite the drop in prices, the increase in wind power production pushed CO2 emissions to an all-time minimum. Preliminary data from Red Electrica showed that greenhouse emissions were cut to 1.85 million tonnes, a 30% reduction.

Compared with five years ago, 2020 emissions were cut by 50%, from 0.17 tonnes/MWh to 0,09 tonnes/MWh.

Spain’s wind power demand has fallen in the last ten years, from a peak in 2010 with 260,000 GWh to less than 250,000 GWh in 2019.

Spain is one of the countries that was hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, not only in terms of case number but also as regards the economy and in particular the power sector.

Data from REE showed a decrease of 4.6% in the country’s electricity demand compared with 2019, dropping to 20,924 GWh.