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Parliamentary question - E-001052/2023Parliamentary question

The practice of splitting up renewable energy macro-projects

Question for written answer  E-001052/2023
to the Commission
Rule 138
Idoia Villanueva Ruiz (The Left)

Law 24/2013[1]of 26 December 2013 regulating the electricity sector in Spain provides that the state must take charge of processing projects for wind and photovoltaic farms of greater than 50 MW, while projects below that threshold are to be processed by the Autonomous Communities. This procedure has led to a disorderly roll out of renewable resource facilities at differing speeds.

Regulation (EU) 2022/2577[2]calls on Member States to identify specific areas where renewable energy facilities can be installed and for a strategic environmental assessment to be made. The practice of splitting up macro-projects between the various Autonomous Communities impedes zoning, prevents structured roll-out planning and is resulting in the accumulation of piecemeal renewable energy farms, without their cumulative impact being taken into account. An investigation by El País[3]has found that, in Aragon, 58 macro-projects were split into 163 fragments of farms of less than 51 MW, thereby avoiding these projects being processed by the state.

Submitted: 28.3.2023

Last updated: 4 April 2023
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