Is The Spanish Wind Power Surge A Green Energy Triumph?
Over the last couple years, Spain has embarked on a massive program to increase it's renewable energy production, radically increasing its fleet of wind mills and solar panels. Now that program is bearing some serious fruit.
Red Eléctrica de España, Spain's electricity grid operator, has released a preliminary report announcing that in 2013 the single largest source of power in Spain was wind. Meeting a total 21.1% of the nation's electricity demand, wind farms outshone nation's nuclear reactors which provided a mere 21%. Moreover, when combined with solar and hydroelectric power, renewables were able to provide a total of 49.1% of Spain's total electricity output, an impressive feat when you consider the United States only draws a bare 12% from renewable sources. All this reliance on renewable energy has, in turn, allowed the nation to decrease the carbon output of its energy sector by 23.1% in a single year.
Granted, Spain isn't as vast a country as the United States nor as densely populated as much of China, but it seems doubtless that environmentalists will seize on this impressive performance by the renewable energy sector as a model for how green energy can provide substantial amounts of power to substantial populations without substantial failures.
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