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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|