Spain's wind energy generation reaches
new high, exceeding all other forms
Mar 20, 2007 The Associated Press
MADRID, Spain: Taking advantage of a
particularly gusty period, Spain's wind energy generators
this week reached an all-time high in electricity
production, exceeding power generated by all other
means, the nation's electricity network authority
said Tuesday in a statement.
At 17.40 (1640 GMT) on Monday wind
power generation rose to contribute 27 percent of
the country's total power requirement, Red Electrica
At that moment wind power contributed
8,375 mega watts to the nation's power consumption
of 31,033. Nuclear power, the second largest contributor,
added 6,797 mega watts, while coal-fired electric
generation came third with 5,081, the statement said.
National broadcaster TVE said it believed
this may have been the first time wind power exceeded
nuclear power's contribution to the power grid.
Over the course of last year wind power
contributed nine percent of the nation's requirement
while coal-fired power stations put in 24 percent
and nuclear power 22 percent.
Spain has in recent years turned to
harnessing wind power through the use of tall, slender
electricity generating turbines on remote hillsides.