Spain’s hydropower plants are expected to end the summer at their lowest levels in 3 decades, putting further downward pressure on electricity costs as Europe’s energy crisis worsens.
According to data released by the Energy Ministry, hydropower capacity in Spain is at its lowest level since 1995.
Like France and Italy, Spain has been gripped by several extreme heatwaves this summer after an unusually dry winter.
According to a research published in the journal Nature Geoscience, parts of Spain are the driest they have been in a thousand years due to an atmospheric high-pressure system caused by climate change.
“We must be extremely careful and responsible instead of looking the other way,” Spain’s Minister for the Ecological Transition Teresa Ribera said recently, about the impact of the lack of rain.