The Cluster Ricam (Renewable Energy, Environment and Water Resources of Canary Islands) and wind employer of the archipelago (Aeolic) released a joint statement indicating that the savings achieved by the wind on the islands should be reflected in exceptional measures for the Canaries, and not to limit the production receiving premium.

Wind Association Canaria (Aeolic) and the Cluster Ricam are “positive signs in the new state regulation of wind energy,” which devotes a special section to the archipelago and set a specific target for wind power for the islands of 600 MW, but consider that these positive signs are “insufficient” and that clean energy sources “are still very missed” in the Canaries. Thus, according to both associations, the penetration of renewables in the islands not only is “well below our capacity,” but also well below the national average. To overcome this situation, claiming Cluster Aeolic and so “exceptional measures (…), as not to limit the production receiving premium.” That limitation established by the new decree-added in its statement, is “a disincentive to an industry that, in the archipelago, generating savings to all Spanish people.”

That savings is recognized by the Ministry of Industry, who noted recently that “wind shift [on the islands] to other conventional energy, in the Canary Islands, for their situation, are more costly.” Moreover, specifically quantifies the savings industry, “the total estimated savings in PGE [State Budget], which funded this chapter [the electricity Canary], is 31.2 million euros in the short term (amounting to 89.6 million euros at the end), “Industry recently stated in a press release. According Aeolic and Ricamo Cluster, “these savings represent around 10% of the cost which the state currently pays in the archipelago by the generation of electricity.” Both associations believe that the key to the island wind development depends in any case, that “the government of the Canary Islands streamline procedures for the implementation of wind farms.”

The new royal decree regulating the remuneration to kilowatt wind farm has set a target of 600 MW power for the islands. The financial regime applicable to the 600 MW will be the same as the provisions of Royal Decree 661/2007 of May 25, that is, that the 600 MW wind canaries not charge less than the 35% premium to set the royal decree just adopted by the government , but is subject to the above emoluments (RD 661), more beneficial for generators wind kw. Of course, both as the Cluster Ricamo Aeolic complain that, although the new decree maintains for the islands, in fact, the compensation established in 2007, limits the compensation to a number of production hours, when “the wind in archipelago, aims to compete directly in the electricity market, without having to resign themselves to a regulated rate that is now preventing their growth. ”

According to the Provincial Federation of Employers of the Metal and New Technologies of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, “the overall additional cost of the electrical system against the mainland canary is estimated between 700 and 800 million euros so far has been covering the state.” Moreover, according to a study presented to the Executive Ricamo Cluster canary, “the average cost of producing conventional energy in the Canary Islands is more than double than in the rest of Spain.” Therefore, Aeolic Ricamo and “confident that the general administration of the State plan an energy model that gives the attention they deserve renewables and particularly wind energy in electricity production in the archipelago.”

Ricamo AEI-Cluster is defined as “a regional organization that includes more than 210 companies and ten business associations and public research organizations.” Since its establishment in February 2009, has developed a work in promoting renewable energy and management of water resources, especially in areas such as technological innovation and internationalization. Aeolic is a trade association of nonprofit umbrella Canary companies about the business of power generation through wind technology was born in August 2010 with the intention of overcoming the technical and legal barriers to the development full of wind, be the representative voice of the sector and stimulate and attract investment. “

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