Oettinger warns on Spanish electricity reform

SPAIN: European energy commissioner Günther Oettinger has hit out at the planned reform of Spain's electricity market saying it should "avoid retroactive measures and sudden stop-start approaches affecting renewable energy markets".

Oettinger... warns Spain on scape goating renewables
Oettinger... warns Spain on scape goating renewables

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In a letter to Spanish renewable energy body the Association of Producers and Investors of Renewable Energy, Oettinger said any measure must be technology neutral and "not create unfavourable treatment for renewable energy projects".

Oettinger also promised action at an EU level if the commission deems it necessary or appropriate.

While the letter recognises the Spanish government’s urgent need to reduce expenditure, the commissioner has previously warned against "renewables support being used as a scapegoat by governments in economic or financial difficulties".

There has been a three-month delay since the reform package, aimed at cutting Spain’s €24 billion tariff deficit, was due to be published. Since then a series of leaks has provoked speculation about the measures it reportedly contains.

These include reductions in feed-in-tariff levels for existing producers and a new tax on electricity generation which would include renewables producers.

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