The demand for electrical energy grew 3% in October

The demand for electrical energy on the Spanish peninsula reached 20,385 GWh in the month of October, representing an increase of 3% with respect to the same month in 2009, and a growth of 0.4% in gross demand.

In the first ten months of the year electricity consumption was 214,931 GWh, 3.1% higher than in the same period last year, and 3.4% in terms of both real and gross demand.

Evolution of demand growth 

Blue line: Gross demand.
Red line: Demand.

Wind power production grew 13%
During the month of October, generation obtained from wind power rose 13% with respect to the same period in 2009, representing 15.8% of the total production. Similarly, generation obtained from renewable sources reached 27.1% of the total production, compared to 23.9% in the same month last year.

Between January and October, production obtained from renewable sources represented 34.3% of the total generation.

Additionally, 51% of the electricity generated during the month was produced by technologies which do not produce CO2 emissions.

Generation mix in the month of October

Generation mix January to October 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 the real consumption figures.