Morocco Grows Renewables, But Grows Coal More

A leap in 2018 solar and wind capacity saw Morocco cement its position as Mena’s renewables leader. But it is also the leader for coal, which meets over half of power demand.

Morocco boosted its power output by 8.2% to a record 34.52TWh for 2018 with the start-up of new solar, wind and coal capacity. Success in curbing demand growth meant domestic output met a 12-year high 92% of demand, with imports (almost all from Spain) halving to 2.93TWh (see chart 1).

Consumption edged up just 0.6% to 37.45TWh for 2018, according to freshly-released stats from state generator ONEE. Growth has slowed in recent years after the country began phasing out fossil fuel subsidies from 2012.

Behind the domestic generation surge is a rise in installed capacity. ONEE says installed capacity increased by 24% from 8.82GW at end-2017 to 10.94GW at end-2018. A significant component was a 36% increase to 1.22GW in Morocco’s installed wind capacity and a more than tripling to 711MW in solar. However, in absolute terms, the year’s biggest gain was a 1.21GW (39%) boost to 4.3GW in the country’s coal-fired capacity (see chart 2). Hardly in keeping with Morocco’s commitments to the Paris Agreement. (CONTINUED - 865 WORDS)

DATA INSIDE THIS ARTICLE

chart Morocco Power Consumption (TWH): Domestic Output Met A 12-Year 92% In 2018 Amid Increased Capacity And Flat Demand
chart Installed Capacity (GW): Wind And Solar Notched Up Imperssive Gains In 2018, But Coal Grew By More