Spain closed the month of March registering the lowest figure regarding CO2 equivalent emissions associated with electricity generation. Wind power was the leading source of electricity generation, contributing 26.6%, followed by nuclear (24.6%) and hydro (14.8%). Three clean technologies at the forefront of Spain’s overall electricity generation structure.
Despite the drop in electricity demand in Spain in March as a result of COVID-19, 7,726 GWh of renewable energy were generated in the month, the third highest figure recorded in a month of March and represented 49.4% of the overall generation.
Therefore, with only 2,395,406 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, Spain set a new historical record that has contributed to boosting the energy transition. Also noteworthy is that March has been a month in which minimum overall emission levels were also registered on the Spanish Peninsula, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.
And the relevant fact is that for every MWh of electricity generated in Spain in March, 0.11 tonnes of CO2 equivalent were emitted, the lowest average emission rate since records began at Red Eléctrica.
A week to be recorded in Spain’s history
The weather conditions of the first week of March were the appetiser for what would later be a good month for the energy transition: during the first week of March, wind contributed between 29% and 51% of Spain’s total daily electricity production and, as a result, renewable energy reached a total share of 59.5% in the total energy mix. Furthermore, during this seven-day period, zero greenhouse gas emission energy stood at around 80% between Sunday 1 and Saturday 7 March.
Similarly, of note is that March registered figures regarding daily CO2 equivalent emissions associated to the energy mix that exceeded 70% in only 3 of the 31 days of the month.