Wind power in Spain reaches historic high

March 31, 2011
Wind turbines are pictured in La Veleta wind park, in Monasterio de Rodillo, near Burgos on March 27. Wind power became Spain's main source of electricity for the first time ever this month, the power-generating authority REE said.

Wind power became Spain's main source of electricity for the first time ever this month, in a country renowned for its focus on renewable energy, the power-generating authority REE said Thursday.

" accounted for 21 percent of demand and reached a monthly record," 5.0 percent more than in March 2010, it said in a statement.

Overall, provided 42.2 percent of electricity demand, a figure that was down 48.5 percent in March 2010, REE said.

Hydro energy accounted for 17.3 percent during the month, 2.6 percent, nuclear 19 percent and coal-powered electricity 12.9 percent.

"With wind energy production in March, we could cover the monthly electricity consumption of a country the size of Portugal," the country's association of wind farms, AEE, said in a statement.

"This historic milestone reached by wind energy shows that this energy source, as well as being indigenous, clean and increasingly competitive, is also capable of providing three million Spanish households," said AEE president Jose Donoso.

AEE said the growth in wind energy was "the main reason why 2010 was the first year in which was a (net) exporter of electricity along with France."

Spain was the fourth largest producer of wind energy in 2009 due to the government's policy of supporting the sector in recent years.

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not rated yet Mar 31, 2011
Why can the United States not do this,.. ?
not rated yet Apr 02, 2011
1. The oil companies assassinate the wind energy researchers using Bush's Black Operatives to make the deaths look like accidents. All captured research and computers are then burned in unregulated open pit garbage fires.
2. PETA and Greenpeace sneak up to wind turbines at night and throw dead birds around. Tweety birds' grannies then freak and call for an end to such technology.
3. Sierra Club uses Photoshop to put images of huge wind turbines on Yosemite and Yellowstone cliffs. Treehuggers call for war in the streets, on bicycles...

The truth is that we Americans are just stupid. That is why the Spanish rule the world.
1 / 5 (1) Apr 02, 2011
Funny thing about this is that Spain has a problem with desertification. Why is this funny? Windmills increase drought.

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