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Spain bets for ambitious renewable targets to fulfill Paris agreement

Ribera also requested that a clause is included in the community energy package that allows upward revision of renewable energy.


Devdiscourse News Desk 11 Jun 2018, 11:02 PM Spain
  • Nadal also defended the toll on the electric self-consumption, popularly known as "impuesto al sol". (Image Credit: Reuters)

The new Minister of Ecological Transition placed Spain on the most ambitious flank of the EU negotiations that will set the EU's policy on climate change by aligning with the European Parliament's objectives, including at least 34 percent of the consumption of electrical energy comes from renewable sources in 2030.

"Spain has come to show that we stop dragging our feet in this matter and we align ourselves with the most ambitious targets in renewable and efficiency because it is the only way to make the Paris Agreement viable," said Teresa Ribera, Director of IDDRI, after the Energy Council of the EU held today in Brussels, according to a press release published by his department.

Ribera also requested that a clause is included in the community energy package that allows upward revision of renewable energy and energy efficiency goals.

Her predecessor in office, the popular energy minister Alvaro Nadal, opted more for the goal of 27 percent of the European Council and wanted to link any goal beyond this percentage to the development of electrical interconnections that would reduce the energy isolation of a country with situations of excess capacity in renewable production but unable to sell this energy in the markets north of the Pyrenees due to lack of infrastructure.

Nadal also defended the toll on the electric self-consumption, popularly known as "impuesto al sol", that the socialist Government will now try to repeal.

"The Ministry for the Ecological Transition supports the request of the European Parliament to prohibit the so-called 'sun tax', as well as any obstacle to the development of self-consumption," said in the note this department that now groups the areas of energy, environment, Climate change, and water.

However, with a fragmented parliamentary arch in which the Socialists are the second force with 84 deputies for the 134 of a PP expelled from the government after a motion of censure against the former president Mariano Rajoy, Ribera could have complicated this and other lines of action of his ministry.

In addition to self-consumption, the challenges of the new Executive in the field of energy and the environment include the foreseeable closure of coal-fired power plants and the future of nuclear power plants beyond 40 years.

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