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Spain is the European leader in renewable electricity production

Esri Spain has launched a energy production application with interactive maps to visualize and analyze the status and implementation of alternative energy sources in Spain and Europe between 2017 and 2020.

The Esri Spain tool collects official data from the European Statistical Office (Eurostat), the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge and the Spanish Electricity Network which, reflected on two applications, one with data from the European Union for its visualization by country and another with data from Spain, for consultation at the provincial level, show how Spain is among the countries with higher gross production of electrical energy (GWh) from different renewable energies.

From these viewers it is possible to extract that, by type of renewable energy, the wind power It has been the alternative energy with the highest generation (57,004 GWh) in our country, followed by hydraulic energy (30,668 GWh), photovoltaic energy (15,675 GWh), thermal solar energy (4,992 GWh) and tidal energy (27 GWh).

At a European level, these figures place Spain in the first position in gross production of electrical energy produced from thermal solar energy; in second position in both the gross production of wind and tidal energy, only surpassed by Germany (122,452 GWh) and France (482 GWh); and in third position in the gross production of photovoltaic solar energy, behind Germany (48,641 GWh) and Italy (24,942 GWh). Our country also occupies the sixth position in the gross production of hydraulic energy, far from countries such as Norway (142,092 GWh) and Sweden (66,572 GWh).).

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Another noteworthy fact is the 12th position that Spain occupies at European level with 43% of its electricity production coming from alternative energies in relation to the total electricity it consumes. In the top 3 we find Norway, Iceland and Albania, with energy production surpluses of 114%, 103% and 100%, respectively. Regarding the percentage of total energy produced from non-renewable sources, Spain ranks twenty-ninth with 48% of energy coming from fossil fuels. Lithuania (97%), Malta (90%) and Cyprus (89%) occupy the top positions.

province to province

  • Wind power: Zaragoza (5,490 GWh) and Lugo (4,648 GWh) are the Spanish provinces with the highest production of wind energy, while, of the provinces that produce this energy, the Balearic Islands (4 GWh) and Jaén (21 GWh) are the ones that generate the least
  • Nuclear energy: The two provinces with the highest nuclear energy production in Spain are Tarragona (23,887 GWh) and Cáceres (15,263 GWh). Valencia (8,892 GWh) and Guadalajara (7,717 GWh) close the list of provinces that produce the energy contained in the nucleus of an atom
  • Photovoltaic Solar Energy. Murcia (1,880 GWh) and Seville (1,781 GWh) lead the production of photovoltaic solar energy, obtained from solar panels that convert solar radiation directly into electricity. Asturias (1 GWh) and Cantabria (2 GWh) are the two Spanish provinces that produce this energy in the least amount.
  • Thermal solar energy: The two provinces with the highest production of solar thermal energy, obtained from solar collectors that convert solar radiation into heat, are Badajoz (1,391 GWh) and Seville (793 GWh). Murcia (40 GWh) and Lleida (60 GWh) complete the table of producing provinces below.
  • Hydraulic energy: Ourense (4,763 GWh) and Salamanca (4,524 GWh) are the largest national producers of hydroelectric power. While Ciudad Real (0 GWh), Cádiz (4 GWh) and Alicante (1 GWh) generate the least of the provinces that produce this energy.
  • fossil energy: The main points of energy production from fossil fuels are the provinces of Cádiz (8,129 GWh) and Murcia (8,076 GWh). Ávila (1 GWh) and Zamora (17 GWh) the least.

The interactive dashboards, developed with ArcGIS technology from Esri Spain, show how renewable energy production has grown in recent years, although not all European countries or Spanish provinces are advancing at the same rate. For example, Spain does not produce energy from geothermal sources. From both dashboards it is possible to extract other comparative and evolutionary data with which to carry out complex analyses.

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