The organisation's annual overview of energy trends shows that the main contributors to renewables' growth in 1999 were wind and biomass, with increases of 97% and 93% respectively from 1998 levels. In absolute terms, Spain's wind production of 2,676 GWh was second amongst renewables only to small hydro, which turned out a total of 2,684 GWh in 1999 - 5% down on the 1998 level.
Despite its rapid growth rate, renewables hardly increased their share of national energy, due to growth in total demand. As in 1998, renewables contributed 4% of total electricity consumption, or 16% if large hydro is included. In its recent proposal for a directive on promoting renewable energy in the EU, the European Commission proposed an indicative 2010 target for Spain of sourcing 29.4% of its electricity from renewable energy, including all forms of hydro.
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