The Spanish Government published the upcoming remunerative framework applicable to new renewable energy facilities in Spain

On 26 June, the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge published a draft Royal Decree which will regulate the Remunerative Framework for Renewable Energy applicable to Electricity Generation Facilities (the “draft Royal Decree”). The draft Royal Decree implements the provisions of article 14.7 bis of the Spanish Electricity Sector Law 24/2013, of 26 December (“LSE”), recently enacted by Royal Decree-law 23/2020, of 23 June, which approves measures in relation to energy and other areas to stimulate economic recovery (“RDL 23/2020”), the main contents of which were analysed here. Article 14.7 bis LSE set out, in effect, that the Spanish Government could establish a new remunerative framework applicable to renewable energy, which would be added to the current framework and would have the following defining features: a) it will be based on a long-term fixed price for energy; b) it would be awarded by tendering procedures in which electricity, installed power capacity or a combination of both would be up for auction and tenderers would make bids for the price of the remuneration for the energy produced; and c) separate auctions may be held by technology on the basis, among other criteria, of their technical characteristics, scale, dispatchability, localisation or technological maturity. Read more

Analysis of Royal Decree-Law 23/2020, of 23 June: its impact on renewable energy

On 24 June Spain’s Official State Journal (Boletín Oficial del Estado) published Royal Decree-law 23/2020, of 23 June, which approves measures in relation to energy and other areas to stimulate economic recovery (“RDL 23/2020”). RDL 23/2020 entered into force on 25 June 2020, although it has yet to receive final approval from Spanish Congress. RDL 23/2020 contains measures that affect a number of different sectors, but it primarily contains provisions for the electricity sector, with a particular focus on the regulations governing renewable energy generation facilities. Some of the measures (such as the design of the new renewable energy auctions system, the regulation of hybridisation and storage and independent aggregation) were already included in the Bill on Climate Change and Energy Transition (Proyecto de Ley de Cambio Climático y Transición Energética) (the “Climate Change Bill”) , which was sent to Spanish Congress on 19 May (which we covered in another e-bulletin - see here). The approval of those measures in RDL 23/2020 means that they can be brought into effect immediately. Read more

The CNMC approved Circulars for remunerating electricity distribution and transmission

Spain’s Markets and Competition Commission (Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, or “CNMC“) has exercised the new regulatory powers conferred in 2019 and approved Circulars 5/2019, 6/2109 and 7/2019. The Circulars, which were published in Spain’s Official Journal (Boletín Oficial del Estado, or “BOE“) on 19 December 2019 and entered into force on … Read more