New legislation on electricity generation based on renewable energy sources, cogeneration and waste
Growing concern cover the conservation and improvement of the environment, together with the establishment of certain legislative frameworks aimed at providing economic support and incentives, has led in recent years, among other factors, to a significant increase in Spain of electricity generation based on renewable energy sources, cogeneration and waste.
With a view to ensuring the economic and financial sustainability of the electricity system in the current context, last June the Spanish government approved Royal Decree 413/2014, establishing a new legal and economic regime for the generation of electricity based on renewable energy sources, cogeneration and waste, applicable both to the pre-existing facilities of this kind and to those developed in the future, in implementation of the principles set out in this respect in Royal Decree-Law 9/2013 and included in Electricity Industry Law 24/2013, of December 26, 2013.
Of particular note among the new changes brought in by RD 413/2013 is the new methodology for determining the specific remuneration applicable to these facilities. The establishment of this additional regime will be exceptional and its grant will be subject to competitive procedures.
In addition, the new legislation reorganizes the administrative procedures relating to these facilities and, in particular, those relating to their registration both on the administrative register of electricity generation facilities and on the specific remuneration regime register, which will be necessary to receive the relevant remuneration.
With a view to providing a more in-depth look at the changes introduced by RD 413/2014 over the course of its 53 articles, we have prepared a document, posted on our website, which we hope readers interested in the impact of this new legislation will find useful.
Garrigues Environmental Law Department