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Surge of renewable capacity quickly pushing coal off the Spanish grid

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:New figures released late last week show that Spain commissioned a total of 6,456MW of new renewable energy generation in 2019, bringing the country’s cumulative total up to 55,247MW, and lifting its total share of electricity generation to more than one-third in 2019.According to the country’s transmission system operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE), which published the 2019 generation data last week, renewable energy produced 97,826GWh, accounting for 37.5% of the country’s generated electricity last year, a rise of 5.6 percent over the previous year.Wind and solar accounted for the majority of Spain’s new capacity additions in 2019, with 5,689MW being awarded in auctions held in 2017, and the remaining 767MW outside the auction allocations. New solar capacity additions led the way with 93 projects amounting to 3,975MW, followed by 86 new wind projects amounting to 2,319MW. Only 162MW of other renewable energy technologies were installed in 2019.2019 was also host to several historic generation records, with wind energy covering 75.97% of demand in the Spanish Peninsula (as compared to its minor territories) on November 3, and a wind power maximum output of 18,879MW on December 12. A day later, wind energy also beat its daily maximum generation record, reaching 396,898MWh on December 13.Red Electrica de Espana also published figures for the decade just finished, which showed that wind energy was only narrowly beaten out in annual production in 2019 by nuclear (21.4 per cent) and combined cycle natural gas (21.2 per cent), while coal production accounted for barely 2% of Spain’s monthly generated power.In fact, according to REE: “The last few days of the decade saw the beginning of the end for coal-fired generation,” with the 14th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, and 25th of December 2019 showing no signs of coal generation whatsoever, a historical first for the country.[Joshua Hill]More: Spain installed 6.4GW of new wind and solar capacity in 2019 Surge of renewable capacity quickly pushing coal off the Spanish gridlast_img

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