05 March 2012 - Wind energy broke a record in February in Spain with wind turbines achieing their highest-ever electricity output, generating a total of 4.890 GWh. According to provisional figures from Red Eléctrica de España (REE), wind power was the No. 3 source of energy in the month, after coal-fired and nuclear plants.
Wind energy's share of demand coverage in February reached 21.7%. This output alone could meet the monthly electricity needs of a country the size of Portugal.
This record comes as Brent crude oil prices trade at all-time highs. The average Spanish 2-MW wind turbine annually generates energy equivalent to 7,000 barrels of oil (a single barrel of imported oil in 2011 cost Spain an average of 78 euros). What's more, wind energy enabled Spain to avoid around 260 million euros in income transfers abroad by reducing the bill for importing fossil fuels and by preventing CO2 emissions. Wind energy prevented emissions totalling 1.8 million tonnes of CO2 in February, the equivalent of planting 900,000 trees. read more>>>