Red Eléctrica de España publishes the electricity demand for July, the first complete month after the COVID-19 state of emergency was ended in June. In this context, the national electricity demand for July is estimated at 23,298 GWh, 3.8% less than that registered in the same month of the previous year. After having factored in the influence of seasonal and working patterns, this figure decreases by 4.8% compared to July 2019.
The decline in July is less marked than that of previous months compared to the same months in 2019 and continues to show a recovery in terms of energy consumption, particularly if we consider that during the period of the state of emergency (from 15 March to 21 June), demand was 13.3% lower in the Spanish electricity system compared to the same period in 2019.
Demand for electrical energy in the peninsular electricity system falls 2.9%
Demand for electrical energy in the peninsular electricity system in the month of July is estimated at 22,038 GWh, a value 2.9% lower than that recorded in the same month last year. After having factored in the influence of seasonal and working patterns, the demand for electricity decreased by 3.9% compared to July 2019.
In the first seven months of 2020, the demand for electricity on the Spanish peninsula is estimated at 135,903 GWh, a figure that is 7.1% lower than in 2019. In this case, after having factored in the influence of seasonal and working patterns, demand is also 7.2% lower than that registered in the same period last year.
During July, according to data estimated at the time of this press release, 38.7% of the peninsular generation came from renewable energy sources and 61.9% was obtained using technologies which produce zero CO2
equivalent emissions. For its part, wind energy stood at 3,966 GWh, a figure that is 20.8% higher than that registered in July last year and contributed 17.2% to the generation mix.Demand for electricity in July decreased 26.8% in the Balearic Islands and 9.4% in the Canary Islands
In the Balearic Islands, the demand for electricity in July is estimated at 526,618 MWh, a value that is 26.8% lower than that registered in the same month last year. After having factored in the influence of seasonal and working patterns, the figure decreased by 25% with respect to July 2019. In the first seven months of 2020, overall demand in the Balearic Islands is estimated at 2,800,021 MWh, 20.3% less than in 2019.
Combined cycle, with 74.8% of the total, was the leading source of electricity generation in the Balearic Islands, where renewable technologies and those which produce cero CO2
equivalent emissions, accounted for 6.7%. For the seventh consecutive month, coal-fired generation was not used to produce a single MWh in the Balearic electricity system.
In regard to the Canary Islands, electricity demand is estimated at 693,518 MWh, 9.4% down on that registered in July 2019. After having factored in the influence of seasonal and working patterns, the figure drops by 10.2% with respect to the same month last year. So far in 2020, overall demand in the Canary Islands is estimated at 4,570,424 MWh and falls 10% on the same period last year.
During July and according to current estimated data, combined cycle was the leading technology in the Canary Islands generation mix, with a contribution of 34.4%. Renewables and zero-emission technologies accounted for 26.7% of the total generation on the Canary Islands.
Consult our Daily Balance Report
for more information on the National
, Balearic Islands
and Canary Islands
electricity systems as at the close of July.