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Mar 13

Spain Sets Wind Power Generation Record

Posted in Energy Industry | Wind Farms | Wind Power

Spain Wind Power By generating 40% of the energy required by wind Spain set a world record last week. When high winds blew through north-west Spain on Thursday, a massive 11,180 MW was generated. Of course the wind energy farms were helped by one of the strongest spells of fierce winds experienced by the region recently.

Spain has been at the forefront of producing clean energy, especially wind energy. By producing 11.5% of its overall energy through wind turbines Spain has become the 3rd largest producer of wind energy after Germany (2nd) and US (1st). Whereas many European countries like the UK are dragging their feet around the figure of 7300 MW, Spain has an ambitious target of achieving 20,000 MW by 2010.

The major companies working in the wind energy generation segment in Spain are Iberdrola, Acciona and Endesa.

At their peak production performance, Spain’s wind turbines were working at 69% of the maximum theoretical potential. Among the top three wind generation producing countries in the world Spain is producing around 16,000 MW, Germany around 24,000 MW and the US around 25,000 MW, consequently, enjoying the first place. Even after being the biggest producer of wind energy, America still produces just 1% of its total energy requirements and that is why Spain was able to set the record.

The figures came as the World Wildlife Fund praised Spain’s rapid move into renewable energies. Spain has also earned praises from WWF for its overall effort in developing renewable energy during the past 12 years. By the next year Spain aims to meet 30% of its annual electricity demand from renewable sources.

  • Greg

    That all sounds very nice but what’s stopping them from going 100% renewable? They just pumped 4 billion into the failing auto-industry and will pump billions more into the recession hit sectors, how about investing in renewables to achieve 100% by 2012?

  • Nacho

    With the actual technology it is almost impossible achieving 100% renewable. To get it you need to combine lot of different kind of energies and it is so expensive. We need time and money to keep investing and creating new technologies, in order to achieve 100& renewable, but today it is almost impossible.

  • Greg

    You think solar is expensive? How much do you think it will cost to protect, guard, and store nuclear waste for the next 10,000 years???? In any case solar energy has dropped dramatically in cost over the past 10 years. It is expensive long-term and a huge mistake NOT to invest in solar.

  • RIF

    Spain is doing really well in renewable energies. Beside this massive investment in wind Spain is also on the forefront in solar PV and solar thermal.

    In 2008 Spain installed 2.4GW of new solar PV, by far the largest increase by any country.

    Also last year Spain built the Andasol 1 solar thermal power plant, the first large plant (50MW) with heat storage to allow power generation after sundown. The next Andasol 2 plant is under construction.

  • jes

    I think it is possible to do 100 percent now. But they probably don’t want to spend money on something that they feel is not the ultimate source of renewable energy. Technology is so volatile right now, that even as I type, better tech is being developed to upgrade new contraptions. Don’t you just hate it when you buy something then six months later some braniac puts an improvement on it that makes the old model seem less efficient or worst, obsolete.

  • Barbara

    We´ve been travelling around Spain for the past 3 weeks and have been very impressed with the acres and acres of both solar and wind power generators we have seen. Our homeland – Australia – has NOTHING like the vast expanses of alternative energy generators on display here. Good on you Spain!

  • Chris

    Spain’s investment in the Green Economy only cost them 20% unemployment. It cost them 2 private sector jobs for every green job they “created”.

  • styke

    As Chris mentions, Spain over-invested in green technology. It is a business. Underinvestment is bad and over-investment is bad. Also, opinions differ as to where the right cutoff is. That is one reason the government can’t really be involved. The government forces a “one size fits all” approach, which sucks for everyone.

  • Javi

    Chris, don’t talk about you don’t know. The huge unemployment tax is because of the dependence of the construction and secondary sector, that once boosted spain’s economy now is the reason of a world crisis, mainly in spain where the mobiliary sector took a huge load due to speculation.

    Energy industry did not cost any jobs.

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