Spain´s fossil fuel consumption hits historic low

Spain´s fossil fuel consumption hits historic low

HISTORIC LOW: Spain´s coal consumption is the lowest since 1990. Credit: Wikipedia.

THE amount of coal used to generate electricity in Spain reached historic
lows in May and June, according to data from the country’s power grid.

The Spanish Electric Network´s (REE) data showed that the use of coal to
generate electricity has never been lower than May and June of this year.  

Throughout May, coal-fired power stations contributed 1.7 per cent to
electricity on the Spanish mainland and 2.1 per cent in June.

Summer is typically not a good time for renewable energy. The reservoirs are
dried up, there is a lack of wind and it does not rain. The coal-fueled
power plants have to take over to produce energy for the country´s needs.

But this year the levels of highly contaminating fossil fuels hit a historic low.

Although this is positive for the environment, this decrease caused 150
employees who transported coal to the As Pontes power station in A Coruña have been unemployed for two months.

Despite the unforeseen dip, the government´s current plans are to continue
using all power stations that use imported coal for the next 10 years. Steps
have been taken to close stations that are dependent on Spain´s national

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