Electricity demand fell in Spain by 5.6% in the whole of 2020 until reaching 249,970 GWh in a context marked by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the data provided this Tuesday by Red Eléctrica (REE).
Corrected for the influence of the calendar and temperatures, the demand was 5.5% lower than that registered in the previous year.
Further, renewable generation in the twelve months of the year reached 110,577 GWh, 44% of total production.
The source that contributed the most in the year was nuclear (22.2%); followed by wind (21.8%); that from combined cycles (17.5%) and hydraulic (12.2%).
Regarding the month of December, the demand for electricity was 22,419 GWh, 1.4% higher than that registered in the same month of the previous year. If the effects of the calendar and temperatures are taken into account, the figure is 0.2% higher compared to December 2019.
Wind record in December
In the month of December, and according to data estimated today by REE, lhe generation from renewable energy sources accounted for more than half of production, specifically 50.4% of production.
It should be noted that last December 28 a historical record was set with the day with the highest daily production of wind energy in Spain since 2007, with 403.8 GWh.
With the information currently available, the wind power production in December reached 7,455 GWh, 36.1% higher than in the same period last year, which represents 31.4% of the national production.
Regarding the peninsular electricity system, electricity demand points to 236,654 GWh, 5.1% less than in 2019, a percentage that stands at 5% once the influence of the calendar and temperatures has been corrected.
In December, demand reached 21,271 GWh, 1.7% higher than that registered in the same month of the previous year. If the effects of the calendar and temperatures are taken into account, the figure is 0.4% higher compared to December 2019.
During this month, 52.2% of the peninsular generation was of renewable origin.
Greater falls in the Canary Islands andBakeriess
In the Balearic Islands, the demand for electrical energy is estimated at 4,942 GWh in the accumulated of the year, 19.2% less than in 2019.
InDecember, itt was 437,719Mphh, 3.8% higher than that registered in the same month of the previous year, a percentage that grows to 4.3% in the corrected rate.
For its part, In the Canary Islands, the demand for electricity from January to December was 7,965 GWh, 10.2% less.
In the last month of the year, the estimated demand was 675,614Mphh, 9.6% lower in theinter annuall rate and 9.7% less taking into account the effects of the calendar and temperatures.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.