Wind Power: Spain's Number One

Published on Friday, 28 February 2014

In 2013 wind power was the number one energy source in Spain, producing just under 54,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity, according to data in the Spanish Electricity Grid's (REE) preliminary report., which said that wind power turbines met 21.1 percent of the country's energy demand with 53,926GWh, a 12 percent increase on 2012.

Wind power was the largest contributor to energy production in January, February, March and November.  One of the reasons of the increased share of wind power in the energy mix is the greater installed capacity, which in 2013 grew by 173 megawatts, and the contribution of Enel Green Power, which has 1.6 megawatts of installed wind power capacity in Spain, has been crucial to that. Over the course of the year, EGP grid-connected wind farms which had a combine total installed capacity of 101.5MW, 58 percent of the country's wind power growth.

In January last year  Enel Green Power España, the Spanish subsidiary of Enel Green Power, grid-connected the 18MW Agreda wind farm in the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León.

In March the Angosturas and Madroñales facilities, which have a combined capacity of 70MW, were put into service in the province of Malaga, while in May the 13.5MW Ampliación Sierra del Cortado was opened in Almenar de Soria in Castilla y León.

When fully operational the four plants connected to the grid in Spain in 2013 will be able to produce up to 205 million kilowatt-hours each year.