40% of peninsular electricity from renewable sources and generates no waste
At number 42 of the Electricity Observatory, WWF stresses the role played by renewable energy in January. This month has reached a record, generating over 10 billion kilowatts of clean electricity. This has made monthly CO2 emissions also achieved a record low, with a reduction of 45% over January 2009. Good environmental performance of power sector could worsen substantially if the Ministry of Industry approves grants for indigenous coal burning.
The WWF Electricity Observatory notes decline by 45% of CO2 emissions and reduce electricity demand, compared to January 2009. In addition, clean energy from water and wind have increased by 238 and 24%, respectively.
According to Heikki Willstedt, an expert on Energy and Climate Change at WWF Spain: "For over a century we use rain water to generate electricity, but before, when a gale toured the peninsula, all it produced was inconvenient, but now , that wind is used, and also the sun that shines almost every day in most parts of the country.
The XXI century will be that of the renewable energy
Clearly the XXI century will be that of renewable energies, as was the oil last, and last for coal.WWF says the technologies it enough to use renewable resources, political will is needed now to achieve their potential. According Willstedt, "Spain can be among the first countries to transition to a new energy era, but this needs to maintain the path taken, learn from mistakes and be ambitious." He adds: "The current goal to achieve in 2020 to 42% of renewable electricity generation is not ambitious. At WWF we believe that can and should reach 50%. "
Before the debate on the Centralized Temporary Store (ATC) for nuclear waste, WWF points out that generating electricity with renewable energy produces no emissions or CO2 into the atmosphere, nor radioactive waste. Therefore not affect the current climate and future, and also leaves a dangerous legacy to be "hiding" for security for thousands of years. Therefore, WWF considers it essential to launch a program of closure of nuclear power not to produce more waste. It is also important for a social pact on the final form of storage to generate the least possible risk.
The most prominent of January for the peninsular system are:
* Continue down the electricity demand: -0.2% over January 2009.
* The decrease in CO2 emissions over the same month last year (-45%).
* The substantial increase in water production over the same month last year (+238%)
* The increase in wind generation over January 2009 (+24%).
* The net export of 1.2% of electricity generation to our neighbors.
* The combined cycle power plants that burn natural gas has cut its emissions by 11.7%.While coal has cut its emissions by 63.7%.
* For every kilowatt generated is delivered 152 grams of CO2. (Equivalent to 0.152 tonnes of CO2 per MWh). It's the best monthly figure since 1998.
For more information, see Bulletin No. 42 of the Electricity Observatory. WWF has added a new chart with estimated monthly evolution of CO2 emissions and renewable power generation (from January 2005 until this month). http://www.wwf.es