Spanish energy regulator blasts government proposals

first_imgSpanish energy regulator blasts government proposalsSpain’s National Energy Commission (CNE) has warned of negative consequences from government-proposed legislation, saying the process “failed to guarantee the effective participation of the different stakeholders involved.” September 12, 2013 Vladimir Pekic Markets Markets & Policy Share Spain’s small-scale photovoltaic sector has just received strong backing from the country’s powerful energy regulator, the National Energy Commission (CNE), which confirmed its own opposition to the introduction of new electricity fees for renewable power generated by electricity consumers for self-consumption.The National Association of Renewable Energy Producers and Investors (ANPIER) announced on Sept. 10 its full support for the findings of CNE’s new report, which criticizes the restrictive rules proposed by Spanish authorities for electrical power consumption and production by consumers who generate electricity themselves.CNE, in its latest report, made public a day earlier, effectively sided with proponents of the small-scale photovoltaic market, which is seen as a critical niche for the continued development of the photovoltaic sector in Spain after new large-scale solar projects were stopped in their tracks by Spain’s moratorium on FiTs for such projects in early 2012.The CNE warned of negative consequences stemming from the new government-proposed legislation for consumers who generate their own renewable energy and expressed concern over the haste and lack of transparency in the process. The regulator also warned Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism (MINETUR), which submitted its draft Royal Decree law for review to CNE in July, that the urgent character of the approval process “failed to guarantee the effective participation of the different stakeholders involved.”The CNE concluded that the proposed approval of a “backup toll” only for consumers who are able to generate power for self-consumption, is a discriminatory measure in relation to other consumers. 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