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Spain sets world record for wind energy

November 11th, 2009 | Thomas | In the news, Spain, The environment, Travel | 1 Comment »

Earlier this week, the weather in Barcelona was very, very windy. Little did we know at the time, but as we chattered our teeth in unison, Spain was about to set a world first.

Spanish wind energy - wind farm near Tarifa

From 3am until 8am on Sunday 8th November 2009, more than 50% of Spain’s electricity was generated by wind – according to the Spanish Wind Energy Association, “For several moments, wind energy had the honor of delivering up to 53 percent of total needs”.

With high winds gusting across much of the country, Spain’s huge network of windfarms jointly poured the equivalent of 11 nuclear power stations’ worth of electricity into the national grid.

Driving around Andalucia with my family over the last couple of years, we’ve often found ourselves in discussions about whether the wind farms are actually more of a blight on the environment (at least aesthetically) than a solution to the problem of generating energy sustainably.

Are we generating sustainable energy at the expense of our pristine landscapes forever?

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One Response to “Spain sets world record for wind energy”

  1. Dan at Spain travel deals blog
    February 20th, 2010 @ 7:48 am

    It’s great to see that Spain is becoming a leader in the area of alternative energy in Europe. Its economy has suffered in the downturn, and this will likely result in improvement. Spain is such a beautiful country, and I hope this technological step forward brings the country greater prosperity.

    Dan

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