The production of wind energy in Spain has grown by 15% in March 2020 compared to the same period of the previous year, due to an increase in production, with a fall in demand.
Data from Spain’s national electricity grid (REE) show that wind power generation amounted to 5,543 GWh, representing 27% of the country’s total energy demand in March.
The Spanish renewables association affirmed that the decrease in demand and the increase in generation has led to the lowest price in four years, at 27 euros / 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 that of 2019 until March 9, when the government introduced the first containment measures.
Despite falling prices, increased wind energy production brought CO2 emissions to a record low. Preliminary data from Red Eléctrica showed that greenhouse emissions were reduced to 1.85 million tons, a reduction of 30%.
Compared to five years ago, 2020 emissions were reduced by 50%, from 0.17 tonnes / MWh to 0.09 tonnes / MWh.
The demand for wind energy in Spain has decreased 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 most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, not only due to the number of cases, but also due to the economy and, in particular, the electricity sector.
REE data show a 4.6% decrease in the country’s electricity demand compared to 2019, dropping to 20,924 GWh.