Wind was the only renewables sector in Spain to offer encouraging year end results in 2000, stopping a fall in the share of renewables to the country's electricity mix, according to Spain's renewables producers association, Asociación de Pequeños Productores Autogeneradores (APPA). The association places Spain in joint second place with the United States on the international installed wind capacity chart -- at 2502 MW and 2495 MW, respectively. APPA's Manuel de Delás warns the wind sector against resting on its laurels, pointing out that only Aragón has really begun to tackle the grid saturation problem which is starting to loom large (Windpower Monthly, December 2000). He also says that wind plant permitting has turned into a "real bureaucratic nightmare," and that if the process is not simplified, bottlenecks will slow the market to a dangerous pace. Overall, renewable sources supplied 30% more electricity to the national grid than in 1999, but the overall contribution to the mix rose from just 4.0% to 4.3%. APPA's Manuel de Delás explains that the reason for these "enormously worrying figures" for the environment lies in a 5.9% increase in electricity consumption. In terms of primary energy, the contribution of renewables is actually falling, from 6.5% in 1997 to 5.6% in 1999, despite growth in absolute terms. "Expectations regarding the final figures for 2000 are gloomy," de Delás warns. "At this rate we will not get anywhere near reaching the national 12% renewable objective for 2010, nor for 2030 come to that."
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol