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Think green - The business case of renewable energies in spain

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The Energy Sector is very important in almost every country in the world. It is also a field that is extremely dynamic and ever changing, especially since green energies have appeared and been changing the rules of the game. On 27 September 2001, under the policies and recommendation of the White Paper ‘Energy for the future: renewable sources of energy’, the European Union approved Directive 2001/77/CE of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of electricity produced from renewable energy sources in the internal electricity market. Already aware of the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol, the European Union launched the development of renewable energy by aiming for ‘the global indicative target of 12% of gross domestic energy consumption by 2010’ through the use of renewable sources of energy.

In Spain, a change in energy policy took place, built on renewable, and in particular, solar photovoltaic energy. The government’s zeal to impel renewable energy led to strong growth in the industry and in related employment. Solar photovoltaic energy began to be massively deployed in Spain from 2004 to 2008. Through that time, three economic regimes have come into effect; thanks to the appealing guaranteed retributions, these policies greatly encouraged development of the industry. In 2008, Spain would become the second-largest country in installed capacity of solar energy, surpassed only by Germany. This impulse has come into force due to very important regulations in this area: Royal Decree 436/2004 (2004-2006), RD 661/2007 (from June 2007 to September 2008), RD 1578/2008 (starting on 29 September 2008) and RD 1565/2010 (starting on 19 November).

In order to control these regulations, and manage the large amount of information and procedures related to them, the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade has created three important applications for this purpose:

  • PREFO (Register of pre-pay for the production of electricity through solar photovoltaic technology). This application has managed more than 10,000 requests, with more than 6000 installations already included in the registry.
  • RIPRE (Register of Power Generation Plants in the Special Regime). It is the system designed to allow Regional Administrations to communicate to the Ministry the information relative to the Special Regime according to the instructions announced by the Royal Decree 661/2007. This application also lets managers in the Ministry deal with all information, work with it and extract from it valuable data.
  • TEMIS (Innovative Thermoelectric Facilities Registration) is the system that allows people to send a request via the internet to benefit from the complementary economic system of innovative thermoelectric facilities. These three systems are, however, only a small example of the clear and important committment that the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, and, of course, the whole government in Spain has made, and continues to make.
Award info
Award category: going green
Award type: submission
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Type of activity:
Keywords: Energy, renewable, green
Short English description: The government’s zeal to impel renewable energy led to strong growth in the industry and in related employment.
Further information
Organisation: Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.mityc.es/energia/electricidad
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 1-5
Country: Spain
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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