January 27 (SeeNews) - Spain did not install a single megawatt of wind power capacity in 2015, which has not happened since the 1980’s, the Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) said Tuesday.
At the end of last year, the country had 22,988 MW of wind power generation capacity, which generated 47.7 TWh to cover 19.4% of power demand.
AEE said that the last political term has been “the least wind friendly by far since 2000”, with just 1,932 MW installed for four years. Since the launch of the new renewable support system in 2013, the wind sector has only added 27 MW.
Spanish wind equipment manufacturers have survived through exports amid the tough situation on the domestic market. In 2014 and 2015 such companies exported all of their products, AEE said.
The association again called for the auctioning as soon as possible of 5,900 MW of wind, which are needed to meet binding EU targets for renewable energy. It said that if certain aspects of the regulation were modified to recover the confidence of investors and facilitate access to financing, the installation of over 6,000 MW of Spanish wind farms in four years could be attempted again.
Spain’s first wind auction for 500 MW earlier this month resulted in contracts at zero premium over the market price. AEE said this does not reflect the reality of the sector and called for corrections to the process.