New wind lobby group formed for "more business-like approach"

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A new Spanish wind business platform, Plataforma Empresarial Eólica (PEE), is coming into being this month to tackle factors limiting wind development in Spain, especially regarding grid connection and administrative procedures, according to PEE. "We have already presented our case to Carmen Becerril on interconnection difficulties stagnating many projects," PEE adds. Becerril is director of the Spanish government's energy policy. PEE is working to standardise wind project processing throughout Spain's autonomous regions, where approaches vary from tightly controlled public tenders, as in Valencia, to the almost complete laissez fair attitude of Catalonia and Andalucia. PEE is made up of members, non-members and former members of Spain's existing renewables lobby group, Asociación de Pequeños Productores Autogeneradores (APPA). "The strategy will be to complement APPA with more specific and business-like proposals," says PEE. The governing board is made up mainly of wind developing companies: utility Endesa's renewables wing, Ecyr, Alabe, Energías y Recursos Ambientales (Eyra), Gamesa Energía, Guascor (which controls Corporación Eólica S.A-CESA), Preneal and Desarrollos Eólicos SA (now in the hands of Dutch utility Nuon). Endesa's turbine manufacturing wing, Made, is also a member as is La Caixa, one of Spain's top banks. PEE says it aims to draw more turbine suppliers and financial entities as well as others, such as insurance companies and public institutions.

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