These figures show the “good performance of the system”, AEE said. Spain was buffeted by higher wind levels compared to Germany in 2010, its turbines are more modern than their German counterparts, and wind energy benefits from a better system for integrating renewable energy into the grid in Spain, according to AEE.
Meanwhile, the Red Electrica de Espana has released figures revealing that wind energy produced the most electricity of all Spain’s power-producing technologies in March. Wind produced 21%, followed by nuclear at 19% and hydroelectric at 17.3%.
The AEE is now calling on the Spanish government to set a new regulatory framework to replace the existing system which expires at the end of 2012. The current success of Spanish wind power shows the system is working and the current arrangements should be extended, AEE said.
By Zoë Casey, blog.ewea.org/