Wind power, the strategic sector for spain’s economic recovery

FuturENERGY September-October 2020

The over 2,000 MW of wind power per year that the sector aims to install from now until 2030, will be key to the Spanish economic recovery. We are ready to undertake this increase in wind power in Spain thanks to a sector that is highly competitive and committed.

The wind power sector is a vital part of the energy system, generating zero-emissions electricity at a very competitive cost. It is also vital as it can drive the Spanish economy thanks to the entire value chain it generates and the fact it is linked to what the sector knows best: developing projects, technology and R&D; manufacturing wind turbines and their components, transporting them; constructing wind farms, operating them to extract the clean energy that the country needs and injecting that energy into the grid so that it reaches every one of the homes, businesses and institutions that comprise our society.

Wind power is one of the leading energy sources in the Spanish system, covering over 20% of electricity demand, to position itself in 2019 as the second technology in the energy mix. Last year, wind power produced over 54,000 GWh, avoiding around 28 million tonnes of CO2 and the importation of 10.7 Mtoe of fossil fuels. Wind power capacity increased in 2019 in Spain by 2,243 MW, making it the first technology by installed capacity in the country since July 2020. Outstanding among its socio-economic benefits are its contribution to GDP of 0.31% and the creation of more than 24,000 jobs. Wind power is a visible and consolidated reality for the Spanish citizen, essentially thanks to the presence of wind farms all over most of the country (1,203 wind farms across 807 Spanish municipalities), and the existence of 227 industrial centres in 16 out of the 17 Autonomous Communities.

By Juan Diego Díaz Vega. Chair of AEE, the Spanish Wind Energy Association