Spain's seven nuclear power reactors generated 57.3 TWh of electricity in 2014, accounting for one-fifth of the country's electricity, according to figures compiled by trade association Foro Nuclear.
Production of nuclear electricity in Spain increased by 0.8% last year compared with the 56.7 TWh generated in 2013. However, nuclear's share of total generation declined slightly from 20.9% to 20.5%.
At the end of 2014, Spain's installed nuclear generating capacity stood at 7864.7 MWe gross, representing 7.3% of total installed capacity in the country. This was 0.6% lower than at the end of 2013. However, Foro Nuclear noted that nuclear represented 33.4% of Spain's emission-free electricity generating capacity in 2014, up from 32.6% the previous year.
Electricity generation in 2014 from conventional technologies came from coal (16.6%), hydro (12.8%), combined cycle (9.2%) and gas (2.4%). The remaining 38.5% of generation came from renewable and other sources, with wind energy accounting for 18.6%.
Spain's nuclear power plants far out-performed the other energy sources in terms of operating performance last year. Its reactors ran with an average load factor of 88.4%, an operating factor of 89.8% and an availability factor of 88.4%.
"The good operation of Spanish nuclear plants is reflected by their competitive, predictable and abundant production of electricity," Foro Nuclear said. It added, "Under our current circumstances the long-term operation of Spanish nuclear plants is an effective and necessary energy strategy."
Foro Nuclear represents more than 50 Spanish companies, which together support about 30,000 jobs.
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by World Nuclear News