Trends in electricity production – May 2021

According to the latest monthly data for the interconnected electricity network from ADMIE (May 2021):

Renewables (RES, mainly wind and solar PV) remained at high levels in Greece’s electricity mix in May. Renewables covered 37% of demand, recording their largest share since the beginning of 2021. Meanwhile renewables and Large Hydro, had a share of 46%, surpassing for another month lignite and fossil gas combined (42%). Net imports in May covered 12% of the demand.

Cumulatively for the first five months of 2021, lignite continued to decline compared to the same period in 2020, contrary to many countries in Europe where it increased mainly due to the high gas prices.

Overall, during the first 5 months of 2021 renewables and large hydro had a share of 47%, compared to 33% of fossil gas, 12% of lignite and 8% of net imports. The changes compared to the first 5 months of 2020 were as follows:

Lignite: -10 %

Fossil gas: +6 %

Renewables: +18 %

Large Hydro: +144 %

Net Imports: -65 %