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Wind Power News: Spain


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

July 7, 2020 • SpainPrint storyE-mail story

Outrage over plans for 110km of power lines ‘threatening countryside and wildlife’ in Spain’s Andalucia

An online petition has been launched to help save an area of outstanding natural beauty near Granada in Spain’s Andalucia. This time however it is not a hotel or a golf course, but 110 kilometres of high voltage power lines, wind turbines and a large solar energy plant. The petition, launched on Change.org was set up by Maria Lena Montserrat Saul, a resident of Cuevas del Campo and an environmental activist. Saul is pushing to put a halt to the . . . Complete story »

August 23, 2019 • SpainPrint storyE-mail story

Losing the tower

A mast/tower section from a large wind turbine came off its heavy transport trailer as it was being taken to a site in Northern Spain earlier this week, and rolled down the side of the mountain. The incident occurred on the N-541 road between Carballiño and Pontevedra due south of Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain. The long four axle trailer came off the road on a bend, causing the tower section to break free. The four axle tractor . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2019 • SpainPrint storyE-mail story

Spain struggles to regulate renewable energy gold rush

Spanish authorities fear that a speculative rush threatens to hold back the development of renewable energy, saying coveted rights to connect to the national power grid are being secured with the sole aim of selling them on for a profit. Spain plans to ramp up solar and wind energy and phase out nuclear and coal-fired power stations, creating incentives for speculators to pounce on the rights to a limited number of grid connection points. Speculators are securing permits to pump . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2018 • SpainPrint storyE-mail story

Tilting at windmills: Spain strains to meet record renewables goal

Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa is booking 14 colossal specialized cranes, has hired new staff and boosted capacity by up to 80 percent at its Spanish factories as developers strain to meet a 2020 deadline for cutting carbon emissions. More wind farms are set to be built across Spain in 2019 than in any previous year, the APPA association of renewable energy companies calculates, surpassing a pre-recession boom in 2008 and putting unprecedented pressure on the supply chain. “It is . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2018 • SpainPrint storyE-mail story

Muerte de cuatro alimoches alerta peligrosidad parques eólicos del Estrecho

[Death of four Egyptian vultures: danger of wind energy facilities in Strait of Gibraltar] La muerte de cuatro alimoches tras chocar contra aerogeneradores registradas en las últimas semanas ha reiterado las alertas sobre la peligrosidad para la avifauna de los parques eólicos que se concentran en la costa española del Estrecho de Gibraltar. Los grupos ecologistas Verdemar Ecologistas en Acción y Colectivo Cigüeña Negra han denunciado esta semana que entre estos cuatro alimoches muertos destacan la hembra y el pollo . . . Complete story »

October 21, 2017 • SpainPrint storyE-mail story

Iberdrola demanded change at Siemens Gamesa as problems mounted

Spanish utility Iberdrola used its influence to change the management of Siemens Gamesa on Friday after the wind-power joint venture suffered two profit warnings in less than three months. Germany’s Siemens has a controlling stake of 59 per cent in Spanish-based Siemens Gamesa but Iberdrola, with an 8 percent stake, has a say in some governance matters thanks to a deal signed when Siemens Wind agreed to merge with Gamesa last year. Iberdrola demanded change at a board meeting on . . . Complete story »

September 26, 2017 • SpainPrint storyE-mail story

Spain faces ‘urgent’ end-of-life challenge as 23GW fleet ages

Spain needs to take “urgent steps” – including the introduction of incentives – to extend the life of its 23GW of onshore wind farms as almost half the country’s capacity will be 15 or more years old by 2020, according to the head of the Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE). Juan Virgilio Marquez, the AEE’s chief executive, told Recharge “it’s very important for us to make short-term decisions as we are now facing the last steps in the lifetime of . . . Complete story »

June 4, 2016 • SpainPrint storyE-mail story

Spanish Supreme Court backs green energy cuts

The Supreme Court of Spain has backed the government’s measures that resulted in cuts worth €1.7 billion (£1.3bn) in the renewable energy industry in 2014. It found they don’t violate the Spanish Constitution and EU legislation. The court received hundreds of appeals from green energy companies two years ago following the announcement however it made the decision after reviewing three lawsuits. It also said the firms won’t have to pay back the subsidies that were granted before 2014. Earlier this . . . Complete story »

January 27, 2016 • SpainPrint storyE-mail story

Spain installed no wind power for first time since 80s in 2015

Spain didn’t install a single megawatt of wind power capacity in 2015, the first time the industry has had a dead year since the 1980s. Total installed capacity stalled at 22,988 megawatts, with wind covering 19 percent of power demand in Spain last year, the Spanish Wind Energy Association, known by its Spanish initials AEE, said Tuesday in a statement. Just 27 megawatts of new capacity has been installed since 2013, when a new payments system was introduced. Spanish renewable . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2016 • SpainPrint storyE-mail story

House hit by debris following blade failure

SPAIN: A house has been hit by pieces of a turbine blade that fell from a 300kW turbine in Spain following high winds, several local press are reporting. Two 15-metre blades from the turbine disintegrated in the early morning of 3 January, striking an occupied house 280-metres away. The blade failure occurred on one of 61 Desa A300 turbines at the 18.3MW Corme wind plant in the Ponteceso district of Spain’s northernmost province of Coruna. The project is owned and . . . Complete story »

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