Withdraw the Iberian exception that involves capping the price of gas to produce electricity at an average of 48 euros MWH. Put an end to the limitation of the remuneration of inframarginal energies (nuclear and renewable, mainly) at 67 euros MWh. Withdraw the special tax on energy companies… The main employers’ associations in the energy sector have agreed this Tuesday to request the Government to withdraw the measures that they consider most harmful to their sector once the most exceptional moment in the market has passed. energetic.
This is how they stated during the presentation of the 2022 Energy Balance, which was presented this Tuesday by the Club de la Español de la Energía. “These are exceptional and extraordinary measures that must disappear in order to focus on taxation aimed at encouraging decarbonization objectives,” said Marina Serrano, president of the electricity employers’ association Aelec.
The worst of the energy crisis is over
Along the same lines, Santiago Gómez, president of the Association of Renewable Energy Companies (APPA Renovables), stated, “In a situation in which the price emergency has passed, the measures should be gradually eliminated,” he assured. This position was joined by the president of the Wind Energy Business Association, Juan Diego Díaz, and Rafael Benjumea, president of the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF).
The widespread feeling that the sector has wanted to convey is that the worst of the energy crisis is behind us and that the authorities, both Spanish and European, must put on high beams and look to the future to design a regulatory environment capable of promoting orderly development. of the renewable energies considered, by all the representatives of the sector, the tool to ensure energy independence.
The importance of a common European market
In this context, much was said about the reform of the electricity market that the European Commission has proposed. Marina Serrano defended the continuity of the new regulations because “the marginalist market has allowed a great value of unity to the European electricity market, which has given it greater protection to jointly face the crisis”
Facing the future, Serrano also asked to focus “on a redesign that promotes consumer protection. At the same time, promote a stable and predictable regulatory framework that favors investment in renewables and also in networks. The new tax measures should be focused on favoring and encouraging these investments”, assured the leader of the electric companies.
The Government continues negotiating with Brussels
There has also been a widespread demand from the different energy sectors: electricity, renewables, gas, oil companies for the Government to move forward in simplifying administrative processes and in managing orderly growth in the energy sector.
On the other hand, the Secretary of State for Energy, Sara Aagesen, has assured that the Government continues to negotiate with Brussels so that the extension of the Iberian exception is transferred until all of 2024 “it is a safeguard clause that is essential. Having the possibility of going in the event of a return to volatility and high gas prices. We are talking with the European Commission about the limits of the caps, ”said the Secretary of State in conversation with journalists after her participation in the event.
Aagesen also confirmed that he expects the definitive text for the design of the regulated electricity tariff market to reach the Council of State “in the coming weeks”, known as PVPC, with which he wants to soften the impact of the volatility of the electricity markets. raw materials in the price of electricity for retail consumers.