President of the PSOE, Cristina Narbona, yesterday pleaded to change the Government´s current auction model for the award of renewable energy, which is currently celebrated under the principle of technological neutrality, by one for renewable auctions by technologies.
Narbona made these declarations during a meeting with journalists specializing in environment, energy and climate change, that was also attended by the socialist secretary for the Ecologic Transition of the Economy, Hugo Morán, the president of the Advisory Council for the Energy Transition of the Economy, Teresa Ribera, and the Secretary for Economic Policy and Employment of the PSOE, Manuel Escudero.
Narbona recalled that it is precisely the renewables that represent a great example of how to bet on the environmental issue as they generate employment, and she pointed out that since Spain abandoned this path, more than 180,000 jobs were lost in the sector during the last years.
Renewable Auctions by technologies
In this regard, she noted that holding renewables auctions by technologies instead of sticking to the current principle of technological neutrality, would contribute to creating jobs as well as to a fair energy transition. Along the same lines, Hugo Moran said that it has been a mistake to convene auctions for 8,000 MW of renewables without having a forecast of the installable capacity in each territory.
As has already become apparent at the meeting, socialist politics says a resounding no to fracking and is in favor of not extending the useful life of nuclear power plants. In this sense, the socialists see it necessary to make a plan so that as the licenses for exploitation expire, alternatives can be studied for those more vulnerable areas that depend on this type of generation.
As regards self-consumption, Cristina Narbona said that the “penalty” suffered by this energy consumption modality in our country is “an unprecedented situation in the developed world”. A situation that she juxtaposed with some regional regulations such as that in Balearic Islands, committed through its Law on Climate Change to extend the use of photovoltaics in administrative buildings and boost self-consumption.
Manuel Escudero explained that Climate Change is the first item on the agenda of the PSOE since the 39th Federal Congress. Indeed, the central elements of the alternative budget to be presented against the Government´s one are impregnated with environmentalism: green taxation for the income portion and distributed generation or self-consumption for the expenses portion.
Advisory Board for the Energy Transition of the Economy
As part of this green aura enlightening the PSOE new stage, last week was born the Advisory Council for the Energy Transition of the Economy, which among its priorities will have the energy issue and will be chaired by the director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and former Secretary of State for Climate Change, Teresa Ribera.
Last week, in statements to Energy News, Ribera said “the energy-climate axis is probably the most important vector of change and is part of the priorities of this Council.“