Energy Transition in Spain. We explain it to you

Nuevo Panorama Energético Español
20 Jul 2018

“The most difficult thing is to leave from a model where there is a series of investments and positions created, towards another much more plural, diverse and positive energy model”

“It’s time for sustainable development” words of Teresa Rivera, Minister of Energy and Environment.

For any citizen is becoming common to hear talk about “decarbonisation of energy”. Mainly we need energy for the buildings and for the transport leaving aside other uses such as the industrial one. We are going to focus on analyzing what is happening in these two sectors with the energy transition that we are already experiencing.

To understand the concept of decarbonisation we have to comprehend which the energy we need is obtained from fossil fuels (coal and gas in combined cycles), nuclear or renewable energy plants. According to the recent report by Spanish Red Electrica (REE) electricity demand in 2017 was supplied as follows:

The new Government, with Minister Teresa Ribero at the head, has already indicated its intention to finish in less than 10 years (2028) with the coal and nuclear power plants. We quickly realize that we will need 38.1% of the 252 TWh of current annual demand. We can already get an idea of the potential that renewables have in this transition.

On the other hand we have the issue of CO2 emissions. We all know which the nuclear ones do not have emissions and they contribute to reduce the global compute. This year we have increased our emissions by 5% and is expected to continue being done in the coming years. Therefore it is very important which everything is done very well analyzed as it is also expected that the ton of CO2 will pass in a few years to cost € 30 to € 100. Yes, you listened well, we paid for the emissions. We even pay for nuclear waste, in this case € 75,000 / year to France.

According to the International Labour Organization, throughout this transition process will be created four posts jobs for every one destroyed. The sectors with more opportunities: renewable in buildings, sustainable mobility with electricity and gas, energy management active and intelligent of smartcity. Among them are synergies as the exchange of energy between cars, urban equipment and buildings, all aimed to build cities of the future in which the citizen owns his energy, produce and consume.

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Juan Carlos García Abril
Juan Carlos García Abril

Socio fundador de Letter Ingenieros y actual Director Ejecutivo. Ingeniero experto en Eficiencia Energética con más de 10 años de experiencia. Apasionado de la programación y siempre luchando por cuidar un poco de nuestro medio ambiente para que puedan disfrutarlo nuestros hijos en un futuro... Founding partner of Letter Ingenieros and current Chief Technology Officer. Energy Efficiency expert engineer with over 10 years of experience. Passionate about programming and always struggling to take care of our environment so that our children can enjoy it in the future ...

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