The production from wind sources in the first 28 days of last month reached 6,937 GWh, 62.7% higher than the same period last year, and it accounted for 32.9% of the total production of electricity in March.
The peninsular demand for electric power is estimated to reach 66,020 GWh on first quarter of 2018, 2.9% higher than in 2017. Once corrected for seasonal and calendar effects, the demand for electric power is 2% higher than that recorded in the previous year, REE says in a statement.
The peninsular demand for electric power in March is estimated at 22,111 GWh, 4.7% higher than that recorded in the same month of the previous year. Once corrected for seasonal and calendar effects the peninsular demand for electric power rose by 5.1% compared to March 2017.
Electricity in March
Until March 28 and according to estimated data, generation from renewable energy sources accounted for 56.6% of production while 77.7% of electricity production came from free CO2-emissions technologies.
As for all last year, Castilla y León was the autonomous community that generated more wind energy in 2017. Following it, the most productive were Castilla la Mancha and Andalusia. Galicia, on the other hand, is not among the three Autonomous Communities with the highest generation for the first time, according to data from the CNMC published by the Wind Business Association (AEE for its acronym in Spanish).
In December 2017, the EU broke wind generation record: 41 TWh (terawatt per hour), equivalent to 16% of its generation mix. It had not produced so much in its entire history.
Wind generation in Castilla y León was 11,061 GWh, which is equivalent to 80% of the electricity consumption in the region. In any case, as the AEE reflects in its blog , it remains to be seen how the statistics evolve in 2018 and 2019 when the new power awarded in the auctions of 2016 and 2017 (4,600 MW) begins to produce.
Not only is wind a major player in power generation in Spain, but also in Europe: in December 2017 the EU broke its wind generation record: 41 TWh (terawatt per hour), equivalent to 16% of its generation mix. It had not produced so much in its history, according to the latest reports of the European Commission on the gas and electricity markets, which have just been published and cover the last quarter of 2017.