Electrical network (REE)whose commercial name is Redeia, estimated that this year 2023 will be a A key year for the energy transition in SpainSince renewable energies could reach a 50% of annual electricity production.
According to the data provided by this organization, they calculate that the contributions of wind energy and solar energy could reach 42% of electricity production. Beatriz Corredor -President of Redeia- and Sara Aagesen -Secretary of State for Energy- supported these forecasts during the presentation of Red Eléctrica’s reports on the 2022 financial year: that of the electricity system and that of renewable energies.
Beatriz Corredor, President of Redeia, said the following during the presentation ceremony:
2023 will be a great year for the ecological transition in Spain and a transcendent year to consolidate our position as the renewable engine of the European Union.Corridor Beatrice
Sara Aagesen, Secretary of State for Energy, said the following during the meeting:
The energy transition is a tremendous opportunity that we must all take advantage of. It has an immense benefit for citizens and companies, but it must be done intelligently, with the environment and the territory; We are prepared, with our networks and our ability to help and consolidate solidarity at European level.Sarah Aagesen
What do we mean by energy transition?
The energy transition is the transition from the current energy model to a model based on renewable energies. This is a necessary change in the global energy system to move towards a sustainable model that guarantees the health of the planet.
Renewable energies are obtained from practically inexhaustible natural sources, using the resources available in nature. Consumers must become aware of the sustainability of our planet, adopting an intelligent and responsible consumption of energy.
What role has Spain played in the energy transition?
Red Eléctrica’s reports for the 2022 financial year indicate that Spain occupies the second position in Europe, after Germany, in terms of installed renewable energy and also installed wind energy. Regarding solar energy, Spain occupies the third position in Europe, overtaken by Germany and the Netherlands.
Reports also indicate that Spain reached the highest historical record, closing the year with an export balance of almost 20 terawatt hours (TWh) for the first time since 2015. In 2022, renewable energies totaled 5.9 gigawatt hours (GW), where 4.5 gigawatt hours (GW) was added by solar photovoltaic energy and 1.4 gigawatt hours (GW) was added by wind energy.
Renewable energies, present and future
Renewable energies are on the right track, as they aspire to become largest source of electricity generation on our planet from the year 2050, surpassing coal. The use of renewable energies, energy of the future but also of the present, implies enormous benefits for the planet in its fight against the climate emergency.
According to International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable energies will occupy almost all 40% of global electricity production in 2027. At the same time, the share of coal, natural gas and nuclear in the power generation mix will continue to decline.
The benefits that renewable energies bring us are:
- They have a positive impact on the environment, as they do not pollute the environment.
- They reduce dependence on fossil fuels such as coal or oil, which release CO2 emissions into the environment. atmospherethereby reducing our carbon footprint.
- They reduce the cost of producing electricity, since the production clean energy it’s getting cheaper and cheaper.
- They promote sustainability, helping to advance the much-needed energy transition process to combat climate change.
- The sun, the wind, the heat of the earth and the water (the latter perhaps a little less) will always be there, given that they are inexhaustible sources of energy on our planet, or at least for a sufficiently indefinite time that we do not have to worry for hundreds of years if all goes well.
Investment in renewable energies
The 2015 Paris Agreement aims to limit the increase in the global temperature of the planet to 1.5 ºC, in addition to including commitments by all countries to reduce their emissions and to work together to limit the impacts of climate change.
A report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) pointed out early last year that investment in clean energy could top $2 trillion a year by 2030, an increase of more than 50% compared to today. .
Sources: Editorial Ambientum, Energética21, EnergyNews, Red Electrica