Premiums for the special regime, among which include those dedicated to renewable energy amounted to 1.717 million euros in the first three months of the year, representing a fall of 25% over the same period in 2010, according to validation of the National Energy Commission (CNE). During the quarter, these technologies received an average compensation of 6.9 euro cents per kilowatt hour, compared to 9.6 cents a year ago. Photovoltaics, 40 cents, and solar at 24 cents, were those with better paid per kilowatt.
All the technologies of the special arrangements received 9.2% less in pay and produced a 4.1% increase, to 24,883 gigawatt hours (GWh). The installed capacity stood at 33,478 megawatts (MW) in the quarter, up 12% from a year ago. By technology, the 3,799 MW of PV were the most premiums received during the quarter, 547 million in total, compared to the 528 million to reward those enrolled 19,864 MW and 350 million dedicated to the 5,494 MW of cogeneration.
In March, the special scheme covered 37.3% of electricity demand, thanks mainly to the wind, which responded independently to 19% of the needs of the entire national electricity system. Cogeneration contributed 9% and 2.1% were of solar photovoltaics. March premiums were 668 million.
Certain sectors of the hardest right and ignorant use of renewable energy premium for a constant and insidious campaign against renewable energy, ignoring its benefits, and do not pollute, emit no CO2, are indigenous, reduce the trade deficit and create jobs . Premiums stay in Spain, and are less than the amount saved by reducing imports of natural gas from Algeria and other countries or of hydrocarbons from the genocidal dictatorship of Libya, which hurts the owners of power plants combined cycle.