Spain Power Report Q3 2016 - New Study Released

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[ClickPress, Tue Jul 19 2016] Spain's power sector will be marked by a focus on renewable and gas-fired generation. R enewable capacity will be hampered by lack of subsidies and uncertain policy environment (as Spain is yet to form a workable governing coalition) while gas-fired power will come from mothballed capacity brought online to compensate for reduced hydropower output .

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The Spanish government has approached the European Commission for assistance in propping up its coal industry. Spain will attempt to ensure that it could continue to use coal-fired power from its current levels up until 2018, after which it would enact a plan of ordered closures. This will be done in order to continue the usage of domestic coal, which has been going through accelerated closures as a result of low international commodity prices.

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The recommissioning of the 470MW Santa Maria de Garona nuclear plant is currently postponed as operator, Nuclenor, is awaiting an official government to be formed after the 2015 general election. Nuclenor has applied to extend the operational licence of the plant to 2031 (from the original 2019), which would rely on governmental backing. The plant has not been operational since 2012, when it was closed for upgrading.

The Spanish Supreme Tribunal Court has ruled against the appeals for compensation by solar businesses. The companies have been calling for compensation for damages and losses caused by cuts to the solar feed-in tariff (FiT).

The latest 700MW renewables auctions held has been met with a lot of criticism from Spanish renewables developers, as it was the country's first reverse auction which will result in no subsidies being paid to the developers. Criticisms include the worry that, without incentives, there will be little guarantee that the projects will actually be completed.

Cross-border electricity flow between France and Spain is forecast to increase until 2017, especially after the commissioning of the latest interconnector in October 2015. The capacity between the two countries has increased from 1.4GW to 2GW. Total capacity would have been 2.8GW, but delays have been experienced in the installations at a transformer in Spain. Currently, the increased capacity flow is forecast to come online in 2017.

The Spain Power Report features BMI Research's market assessment and independent forecasts covering electricity generation (coal, gas, oil, nuclear, hydro and non-hydro renewables), electricity consumption, trade, transmission and distribution losses and electricity generating capacity.

The Spain Power Report also analyses the impact of regulatory changes, recent developments and the background macroeconomic outlook and features competitive landscapes comparing national and multinational operators by sales, market share, investments, projects, partners and expansion strategies.

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