The wind power industry installed 413 MW in Spain in the first half of 2011, which accounts for 14% less than the same period last year, according to the Spanis Wind Energy Association (AEE). At June 30, the total stood at 22,087 MW.
2012 is an unusual year for the wind power sector for several reasons: first, is the last year of the Register of Pre-allocation, so wind farm developers have to accelerate to install all megawatts that have not been able to build on previous years.
For all of 2012, there were about 1,200 MW recorded in the Register, of which 500 MW have trouble being built prior to the deadline date (31 December 2012) for reasons largely unrelated to the will of the sector, such as breach of the planning of the transportation network, the delay in distribution lines or administrative difficulties.
The moratorium on new wind farm facilities that weighs on the sector of renewable energies since January was approved by Royal Decree-Law 1/2012 implies that the megawatts recorded in the Register are the last to be installed in Spain under the Royal Decree 661 / 2007, the framework governing the sector.
In practice, such as registered must be installed megawatts in 2012, no future projects, and this year the manufacturers have not received new orders for turbines for the domestic market: the situation in the country is unsustainable and is forcing them to consider their stay in Spain.
A total of nine regions installed wind turbines in the first half. The one built was Castile and Leon, with 144 MW, followed by Catalonia and Murcia -119 MW and 50 MW.
The autonomous communities have more than 9,000 MW awarded in competitions but not included in the Register of Pre-allocation, so they do not know when or where or how they will be installed.
In the first half, the wind energy covered 19.5% of electricity demand in Spain, AEE-calculation, with a total production of 28,840 GWh, according to Spain’s Red Electrica (REE).
The wind power sector looks concerns energy reform announced by the Government. The information that has transpired so far indicate that being considered, among others, new tax measures for wind power.
The sector, which has the greatest number of energy taxes in Spain and is among the biggest tax burden in Europe is suffering and has warned that a higher tax will seriously compromise their solvency and survival.
Hence, repeatedly claiming a dialogue with the Government to negotiate fair and proportionate measures that will not jeopardize their future.