Written By: Emma Websdale
In 2013, 42.4% of Spain’s energy production was generated by renewables, reducing the country’s energy-associated carbon dioxide emissions to 61.4 million tons for the year.
According to a report released by the operators of the national electricity grid in Spain, Red Eléctrica, renewable energy in Spain has increased by 10.5% since 2012, contributing 42.4% of the total nation’s energy production.
The report, entitled The Spanish Electricity System Preliminary Report 2013, listed wind power as the largest contributor to the country’s energy production (21.2%), outpacing the country’s nuclear power generation of electricity.
Furthermore, in February, Spain’s wind power reached a new maximum record of instantaneous power with 17,056 megawatts (MW), a 2.5% increase from the maximum power recorded in 2012.
Solar energy also played a large role in Spain’s energy production in 2013, with over 440 MW of new solar energy technologies installed on the grid. Solar thermoelectric contributed 300 MW, while solar photovoltaics (PV) provided the remaining 140 MW. All told, renewable energy facilities now represent 49.1% of the total installed power capacity on the Spanish peninsula.
An increase in rainfall also boosted the nation’s renewable energy supply. Hydropower doubled its contribution, producing 32,205 Gigawatt hours (GWh), a 250% increase over 2012.
Overall, the increased weight of renewable energy in the Spanish peninsula in 2013 has reduced the nation’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the electricity sector to 61.4 million tons, 23.1% lower than in 2012.
Another country experiencing a rapid increase in renewable energy sources is the United States. According to an energy infrastructure update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, renewable energy provided 99% (694 MW) of all newly added energy generation in the United States in October 2013.