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The demand for electrical energy rises 0.9% in August despite the rise in the price of electricity



National electricity demand is estimated at 22,250.4 GWh during the month of August, 0.9% higher than that registered in the same month of 2020, according to data from Red Eléctrica de España. If the effects of the calendar and temperatures are taken into account, the figure is 1.3% higher than in August of the previous year. Compared with a period prior to the pandemic (August 2019) and corrected for the effects of employment and temperatures, the demand for national electricity decreased by 2.4%.

In the first eight months of this year, demand is estimated at 171,679.6 GWh, 3.6% more than in the same period of 2020. Once the influence of the calendar and temperatures has been corrected, the demand is 3.7% higher.

In August, generation from renewable energy sources represented 42.5% of the mix. During this month, the green energy production was 9,231 GWh, 7.7% more than in the same period of 2020. Likewise, the generation of wind origin in August reached 3,719 GWh, a figure 1.2% higher than that registered in the same month last year, and accounted for 17.1% of the total production, being the third technology that contributed the most to the mix this month, only surpassed by nuclear (23.7%) and by combined cycle, which produced 18.8%.

In addition, solar photovoltaic generated 2,391 GWh, 31.6% more than in August 2020, and accounted for 11% of the entire generation structure. This August, solar photovoltaic registered a maximum of hourly generation, specifically on August 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with 9,557 MWh.

Likewise, 67% of electricity production came from technologies that do not emit CO2 equivalent (greenhouse gases).

In the peninsular electrical system, lThis month’s demand is estimated at 20,836.6 GWh, 0.5% higher to that registered in August 2020. If the effects of the calendar and temperatures are taken into account, the demand is 0.9% higher than that of the same month of the previous year. Compared with a period prior to the pandemic (August 2019) and after correcting for the effects of employment and temperatures, the demand for electricity on the peninsula decreased by 2%.

From January to August of this year, the demand for electricity in the Peninsula is estimated at 162,526 GWh, 3.7% more than in the same period in 2020. In this case, once the influence of the calendar and temperatures has been corrected , the demand is 3.8% higher.

During the month of August and according to data estimated to date, 44.3% of the peninsular generation was of renewable origin and 70.5% came from technologies that do not emit CO2 equivalent.

For its part, wind energy registered 3,565 GWh, 1.6% more than the production of August last year, and solar photovoltaic 2,343 GWh, 31.7% more than the same month of 2020.

In addition, In the Balearic Islands, the demand for electricity this month is estimated at 630,347 MWh, 11.3% higher to that registered in August 2020. If the effects of the calendar and temperatures are taken into account, demand increases by 11.4% compared to August 2020.

For its part, In the Canary Islands, the demand for electricity is estimated at 743,841 MWh, 4.4% higher to that registered in August 2020. If the effects of the calendar and temperatures are taken into account, the figure increases by 5%.


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