Wind power production in Spain increased by 15% in March 2020 compared to the same period of the previous year, due to an increase in production, with a drop in demand.
Data from the Spanish National Electricity Grid (REE) shows that wind power production amounted to 5543 GWh, which represents 27% of the country’s total energy demand in March.
The Spanish Renewable Energy Association claimed that falling demand and increasing production led to the lowest price in four years, at 27 euros / MWh.
REE blamed the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic for the drop in prices, saying the country’s demand in 2020 followed a similar trend to that of 2019 until March 9, when the government introduced the first containment measures.
Despite the fall in prices, the increase in wind energy production has reduced CO2 emissions to a historically low level. Preliminary data from Red Eléctrica showed that greenhouse gas emissions had been reduced to 1.85 million tonnes, a reduction of 30%.
Compared to five years ago, 2020 emissions have been reduced by 50%, from 0.17 ton / MWh to 0.09 ton / MWh.
The demand for wind power in Spain has declined over the past 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 by the number of cases, but also by the economy and, in particular, by the electricity sector.
REE data shows a 4.6% drop in the country’s electricity demand compared to 2019, to 20,924 GWh.