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Government focuses on export for industry relaunch

SPAIN: The central government presented a 15-point cross-ministry programme - the Wind Industry Relaunch Plan (PRIE) - to boost the country's wind industry export value by 35%, to €3 billion annually.

Energy minister Alberto Nadal, right, with the head of the industry, energy and tourism ministry Jose Manuel Soria Lopez
Energy minister Alberto Nadal, right, with the head of the industry, energy and tourism ministry Jose Manuel Soria Lopez

The plan brings together year-long talks between national wind association Asociacion Empresarial Eolica (AEE) and state energy secretary Alberto Nadal. It will be implemented immediately.

With the 20 December general election looming, insiders widely saw the PRIE as electioneering. Since taking office in 2011, the conservative People's Party government has ended wind production incentives. Last year, Spain installed just fifteen wind turbines, against 1,332 in 2009.

Yet, in his presentation, Nadal recognised Spain as the world's third largest exporter of wind turbines.

And to maintain wind as a "strategic" national industry, he promised PRIE will prioritise exports by reducing port taxes and by improving port infrastructure and logistics for turbines. It also calls for state-level trade and customs agreements.

PRIE pledges direct grants to boost wind industry research and development (R&D) and state support for domestic R&D companies in international calls to tender.

Streamlined procedures for cashing in on tax breaks for R&D are also planned.

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