Trends in electricity production – September 2021

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

The lead of fossil gas over renewables (RES) is expanding during the first nine months of 2021, despite the extreme increase in gas’s fuel cost.

However, the share of renewables together with large hydro (42%) exceeds that of fossil gas (39%), from the beginning of the year.

Despite the historically high share of renewables and large hydro in the first nine months of the year, they still lag behind the corresponding share of fossil fuels (fossil gas and lignite)

The use of lignite in September shows a significant decline compared to July and August (2nd lowest of the year after June), but overall, for the first nine months, shows a small increase (+7%) compared to same period in 2020.

For the first time in 2021, the cumulative increase of the share of fossil gas in the electricity production mix (+15.3%) exceeds that of renewables (+12.6%). Overall, the changes of the first 9 months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020 were:

Lignite: +7%

Fossil gas: +15.3%

RES: +12.6%

Large Hydro: +72.5%

Net imports: -51.8%