Renewables association APPA appeal over disputed Canary Islands 92 MW tender

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A wind tender from the Canary Islands "infringes the principles of fair competition and company freedom," according to Spain's renewables association APPA. It is trying to force a modification of the terms and conditions governing the bidding competition for 92 MW of wind contracts: 30 MW in Gran Canaria, 52 MW in Tenerife and 5 MW for each of the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. APPA says the tender requires project developers to prove they will consume at least 80% of the target production (limiting participation to big companies and organisations or joint ventures) and it favours applications from "public interest" companies. This condition is "in no way applicable to the commercial entities behind the majority of Spain's wind plants," says APPA. Although the group recognises that wind development in small islands like the Canaries requires special regulation, "it should never infringe the principles of free market initiative." The outcome of APPA's appeal could have implications for other regions in mainland Spain such as Galicia, which gives special treatment to developers who prove they consume at least 30% of the wind power target.

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