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Wind power in Spain produces more electricity than any other source for 3 months

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by Zzzz..., Feb 27, 2013.

  1. Zzzz...

    Zzzz... Member

    Aug 19, 2012
    East Asia/Canada
    Wind power in Spain produces more electricity than any other source for 3 months

    May be not exactly "news" - it was published 3 weeks ago but I just came across it and really got impressed.
    Spain also is a one of the leaders in Solar, more then 5% of electricity produced on yearly basis comes from it, but it is a winter now.

    Too bad current government in Spain is so anti-renewables, they could not see long term, eventually in a dozen years or so Spain would not have to burn as much fuel as neighbors and will get very cheap energy...

    Wind Power Breaks Records In Spain -- Produces More Electricity Than Any Other Source For 3 Months, Breaks 6 TWh in January - CleanTechnica
  2. mgemmell

    mgemmell Scottish chap

    Jan 11, 2012
    Madrid, Spain
    Thanks Zzzz... Just ran into your post by accident today.

    This news slipped by most if not almost all. The big deal is this is the first time wind has become the dominant electricity source anywhere. Sure, renewables are huge in Norway, Peru etc. where hydro is big, but the Spanish government took the decision to push wind energy something like 15 years ago or more, and they have taken it to a substantial position just by working at it.

    I hope it is serving as a good example to other countries.

    Every time we drive past the wind turbines we comment that they are substituting traditional power plants, so rather than seeing them as something ugly (the viewpoint of many in the UK and US) we see them as a beautiful addition to the landscape.

    Anyway, thanks for picking up on this.

  3. neroden

    neroden Happy Model S Owner

    Apr 25, 2011
    Ithaca, NY, USA
    The "left vs. right" axis of politics in many countries (including Spain) has, while nobody was paying attention, turned into a "renewable energy vs. fossil fuels" axis.

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