In 2017, 6.5 per cent of electricity generation was derived from renewable sources, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO).
While the figure is still lagging, considering the incoming 2020 targets, it’s worth noting that energy harvesting from renewable sources registered an increase of 21.8 per cent, reaching 165,109 MWh in 2017. Most renewable energy (94.1 per cent) was produced from photovoltaic cells.
However, during 2017, electricity generation from power plants and the interconnector also increased by 5.8 per cent compared to the previous year. The data shows that the highest power generation was recorded in 2017 with 2,376,786 megawatt-hours (MWh), followed by 2008 with 2,275,892 MWh. Emissions from power plant sources increased by 25.3 per cent over 2016, mainly due to a higher share of electricity generation from power plants in Malta.
The month of August featured the highest increase (16.1 per cent) in electricity generation compared to the previous year. Approximately 31 per cent of the electricity generated in 2017 occurred between July and September.
During 2017, a total of 0.9 million MWh, or 37.7 per cent of the generation from power plants and the interconnector were imported through the interconnector.
During the past decade the highest annual average demand was registered in 2017 with 386 megawatts (MW) – an increase of 12.5 per cent compared to the previous year. The months of July and August of 2017 featured the highest maximum electricity demand with 456 MW and 488 MW, respectively.