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Clean energy production (or not on FV!)

Fuerteventura at the tail end of clean energy production.

While in the whole of the state renewables produce more than 62% of the demand, in the Canary Islands it barely reaches 20% and Fuerteventura is not expected.

Source: Energías

The national electricity system operator, Red Eléctrica de España, has just published its report for the month of April. And two facts stand out greatly. One: the demand for electricity has fallen in Spain this past month by almost 10% (specifically, in gross terms, it has remained at 17,678 gigawatt hours).

And two: renewable energy production has reached 10,967 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 62.03% of that demand. Moreover, in mainland Spain, demand has fallen to 16,548 GWh (-10.3% compared to April 22), while renewable generation has risen to 10,778 GWh (+0.2%), equivalent to 65.1% of that demand.

The other relevant data that Red Eléctrica de España has just published in its latest monthly balance, corresponding to the month of April of this year, is that referred to renewable energy production.

The indigenous sources of electricity (wind, sun, water, biomass) have produced this April 52.1% of the electricity that has been generated in national territory. According to REE, Spain has produced in April up to 21,034 gigawatt hours (+0.3% compared to April 22), has demanded the aforementioned 17,678 (-9.7%) and has exported the rest.

Among all the sources of electricity – gas, uranium, coal, wind, water, biomass, etc. – solar energy has been the one that has grown the most: "solar photovoltaic scores 38% more than in the same month of 2022". Specifically, PV generation reached 3,563 gigawatt hours in April, "a maximum monthly generation that exceeds by 5.4% the last one registered in July 2022". Its share in the mix was 16.9%.

Wind is the main source for producing clean energy

The main source of electricity this past month has been in any case wind, which continues to lead the national mix (with 4,728 gigawatt hours) for the sixth consecutive month, and ahead, again, of nuclear, which has remained at 4,573 GWh.

After wind and uranium, the third source of electricity in Spain on April 23 has been the Sun, which has also exceeded, as we anticipated last Tuesday, the 4,000 gigawatt hours: 3,563 has been contributed by photovoltaic, 634 by solar thermal. Far from the podium (which would therefore occupy wind, nuclear and solar) would be, on the one hand, the combined cycle plants that burn gas to generate electricity (which have generated less than 3,000 gigabytes per hour this April) and, on the other, hydropower and cogeneration (both with less than 2,000). Hydraulics, by the way, have generated 4.6% less than in April 2022.

At the peninsular level and once the effects of working hours and temperatures have been taken into account, demand has been 8.2% lower than in April 2022. In gross terms, demand was 16,548 GWh, 10.2% less than in the same month last year.

In the first four months of the year (January, February, March and April cumulative), the peninsular demand was 75,732 GWh, 4.5% lower than that registered in 2022. After taking into account the effects of working hours and temperatures, demand fell by 4.4%.

Generation: the set of peninsular renewables generated 53.9% of the total generated in April, according to the provisional data available today, which show a production of 10,778 GWh, 0.2% more than in the same month of the previous year.

Demand: if what we look at is demand, in mainland Spain this has fallen to 16,548 GWh (-10.2% compared to April 22, as said), while renewable energy production has risen (+0.2%) to 10,778 GWh, equivalent to 65.1% of that demand.

The electricity system in the Balearic and Canary Islands

In the Balearic Islands, the demand for electricity in April was 2.8% lower than that of the same month of 2022, once the effects of the Calendar and temperatures are taken into account. Thus, gross demand is estimated at 411,126 megawatt hours (MWh), 5.8% lower than in April of the previous year. In the first four months of 2023, the gross demand of the Balearic Islands is estimated at 1,705,251 MWh, 2% less than in the same period of 2022.

In terms of generation, the combined cycle, with 69.1% of the energy produced in the Balearic Islands, was the first source of the islands this month. For its part, renewable energy without equivalent CO2 emissions generated in the Balearic community was 63.4% higher than in April 2022 and represented 16% of the total, with solar photovoltaic being the main source of renewable origin and second in the Balearic generation mix, with 12.5% of the total. In addition, the submarine link between the Peninsula and Mallorca contributed during this month to cover 23.8% of the Balearic electricity demand.

For its part, in the Canary Islands, the demand for electricity grew in April by 2.7% compared to the same month of 2022, taking into account the effects of labor and meteorology. In gross terms, demand was 690,373 MWh, up 2.5%. In the first four months of 2023, the Canarian demand is estimated at 2,769,860 MWh, 0.8% more than in the same period of 2022.

As for electricity generation in the Canary Islands, combined cycle, with 42.2% of the total, was also the first source in April. Renewables and emission-free technologies generated 20.1% of production this month, with wind energy being the second technology in the mix, with 15.5%.
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