In January 2013, the Iberian Peninsula has experienced a decline in electricity consumption of around 4.3% (adjusted for climatic variations) compared to the same period the previous year.

The gross electricity demand was 2.8% lower than in January 2012, to 22,474 GWh.

Also for the month of January, the wind has produced 6,329 GWh (gigawatt hours), equivalent to the consumption of almost all Spanish households. In this period alone, wind accounted for 27.3% of the electricity produced globally. It increased by 73.5% compared to the same period last year.

According to the latest figures provided by Red Electrica de Espana (REE), wind was the primary source of electricity in the country for a whole quarter – from November 2012 to January 2013 – a first! With massive investments for more than a decade, Spain has become the fourth wind power in the world, after the United States, China and Germany.

Also Jan. 16, 2013, with 345,011 MWh, Spain has achieved a new daily record in the production of energy from wind and injected to the grid. This new record is up 3% from the previous record April 18, 2012 (334,850 MWh).

The share of renewable energy production in January 2013 represented 44% of total production, reaching a record level. (Wind + solar PV 27.3% 1.8% + 2% Rec thermal, hydro 12.4% + 0.5% solar thermal). 61.7% of electricity generation came from technologies that do not emit CO2.

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