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...