Generation from renewable energy sources has reached a record high in February, accounting for 59 % of production, according to Red Eléctrica de España (REE) , and wind production in particular is the largest contributor with 28.3% of the total. The previous record was in April 2013, with 54.2 % of production.
According to Red Eléctrica (REE), the production of wind power in February totaled 5,960 gigawatt / hours (GWh), 11.6% higher than the same month of 2012, accounting for 28 3% of total production.
Meanwhile, mainland electricity demand in the month of February, after correcting seasonality and calendar effects, has fallen 0.6% over the same month last year, which shows that consumption continues on its downward path.
Gross demand for electricity in the second month of the year was 20,271 gigawatt /hours (GWh) , 1.4% lower than in February 2013.
In the first two months of the year, after correcting seasonality and calendar effects, consumption was 0.6% lower than last year. Electricity demand in this period was 42,316 GWh, 1.8% less than in the same period of 2013.
In computing the total electricity generation, 79.9 % of this month’s production came from technologies that do not emit CO2.
Third consecutive year of declines
As already reported Red Eléctrica (REE ) presented last January provisional statistical data on the behavior of the Spanish electricity system in 2013, which showed that the demand for peninsular electricity posted its third consecutive annual decline, decreasing to 246,166 GWh , 2.3% lower than in 2012, which was 2.1% after correcting seasonality and calendar effects.
According to Red Eléctrica data, the maximum instantaneous power was recorded on Wednesday, February 27 at 20.42 hours with 40,277 MW, 7.5% less than the peak of 43,527 MW in 2012 and 11.4 % lower than record of 45,450 MW reached on December 17, 2007.
Wind, the main producer
According to the wind association, AEE, the average daily market price stood at record lows in February. The monthly average was 17.12 € / MWh, half the January value (€ 33.62 / MWh ) and 62 % below February 2013 ( € 45.04 / MWh). The reason is quite simply the high wind and hydro production, which were respectively the first and second technologies of the system in the month.
With 5,960 GWh of generated power, wind has covered over 28% of demand, and has again become the primary source of power of the Spaniards, as already happened in January and over the entire year of 2013.
In the first two days of March, the average daily market price has been extremely low, 2.28 € /MWh and 0.78 € /MWh, respectively. The reason is quite simply an extremely high wind production with 837 GW /h, 86% higher than the same period in February, according to REE.