BIn contrast, wind farm operators in northern and central Europe have complained of lighter winds this year.
German RWE RWEG.DE blamed falling volumes for a 22% decline in first-half core earnings and Danish Orsted ORSTED.CO said last month that the conditions had cost him 1.7 billion Danish kroner ($259 million) compared to a normal year.
Across the European Union, 14.3% of electricity generation has been powered by wind so far this year, according to the German research institute Fraunhofer. Denmark and Germany have seen the contribution of wind to their power systems drop by almost 5 and 10 percentage points respectively, according to the institute.
Soaring natural gas prices around the world have given additional impetus to the transition to carbon-intensive energy sources, but also encouraged some utilities to switch back to even dirtier coal, which had been ruled out. of the mixture in certain places by levies on the carbon which it emits while burning.
Gas remains key to powering Spain, with combined cycle plants expected to make up 17.6% of this year’s total and cogeneration – a type of technology that sometimes uses gas – a further 10%.
($1 = 6.5735 Danish kroner)
(Reporting by Isla Binnie; additional reporting by Nora Bulli in Oslo; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)
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