The Directorate General for Electricity of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) announced that in April 2015, national electrical energy production amounted to 3,911 GWh, up 5.1% compared to the same month last year. Companies that generate for the electricity market produced 3,679 GWh and companies generating for own use 232 GWh, in other words, 5.9% of all national production.
Out of the total generated by the electricity market companies, hydroelectric plants recorded 2,143 GWh (11% up on April 2014); CSP plants produced 1,465 GWh; and plants with non-conventional sources (solar and wind power) generated 71.6 GWh.
In April 2015, participation by state-owned companies in electricity generation represented 23.7% of the total generated by the electricity market. As such, production by plants owned by private groups such as Endesa, Suez and AEI represented 19%, 15% and 9% respectively. Worth mention is that compared to April 2014, the AEI group reported increased production of 275.2%, due to combined-cycle generation with natural gas at the Fénix CSP plant. State-owned companies recorded an increase of 6.5%.
Peak demand for electricity was recorded at 1900 hours on 22 April, amounting to 5.939 MW which was 5.5% up on April 2014. This demand was covered 52.9% by hydropower generation, followed by natural gas with 45.1% and non-conventional energy such as biomass, biogas, solar and wind power with 2%.
At national level, sales of electrical energy in April to end clients amounted to 3,257 GWh, up 5.2% on the same month in 2014. The distribution of this sold energy was as follows: 1,857 GWh to the regulated market and 1,400 GWh to the open market, recording growths of 5.8% and 4.5% respectively. The sale of energy on the open market represents 43% of total sales and is traded by generation companies and distributors.