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Spain electricity demand falls in June

Source: Reuters - Sat 30th Jun 2012
Spain electricity demand falls in June

Spain's demand for electricity fell by 1.8% in June on an annual basis, marking the tenth straight month of falls, national grid operator REE said on Friday, reflecting weaker consumer demand in the recession-hit country.

Demand in June was 20,655 gigawatt-hours. REE also said demand fell by 1.7% over the first 6 months of the year compared with the same period in 2011.

Spain entered a recession in the Q1 of 2012, sapping energy demand.

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A third of energy needs in Spain, which is a major importer of gas, was met by renewable energy sources providing 34% of needs in the month, up from 29.8% in the same month a year ago.

Following is a percentage breakdown of Spain's generation mix in June, as provided by REE:

WIND 16.0%

NUCLEAR 16.3%

CO-GENERATION * 11.8%

COAL 23.7%

GAS 14.4%

HYDRO 9.5%

SOLAR PV 4.7%

THERMAL RENEWABLE 1.9%

SOLAR THERMAL 1.9%

* Co-generation plants differ from conventional plants because they recover and make use of waste heat. They are usually gas-fired, but can be adapted from any type of thermal plant.