The demand for electrical energy grew 1.9% in August

The demand for electrical energy on the Spanish peninsula reached 21,502 GWh in the month of August, representing an increase of 1.9% with respect to the same month in 2009, and a growth of 1.1% in gross demand.

In the first eight months of the year electricity consumption was 173,853 GWh, 3.3% higher than in the same period last year, and 3.7% in gross terms.

Evolution of demand growth

Blue line: Gross demand.
Red line: Demand.

During the month of August, generation obtained from renewable sources reached 27.2% of the total production, compared to 21.9% in the same month of the previous year. Energy from wind power production grew 12.1% compared to the same period in 2009, and represented 12.8% of the total production. Additionally, 49.4% of the electricity generated during the month was produced by technologies which do not produce CO2 emissions.

In the first eight months of the year, production from renewable energy sources accounted for 38.3% of the total production.

Generation mix in the month of August

Generation mix January to August 2010

NB As of June this year, we have been taking as a reference the demand figures once the effects of seasonal and working patterns have been factored in to provide data which better reflects actual consumption figures.