Spanish renewable energy booming

Renewable power up nearly one quarter from 1998 to 1999, buoyed by strong growth in wind, biomass

Sales of renewably generated electricity in Spain rose by 31% from 1998 to 1999, compared with 6.5% growth in fossil fuel, nuclear and large hydropower, according to a report from the governmental national energy commission (CNE).

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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