Thursday, February 2, 2023

Government and community ‘release’ a third of stalled renewable projects

On 27 December the Official State Gazette (BOE) published the Environmental Impact Resolution Photovoltaic Park BalsikasWith a capacity of about 100 MW, located in the Murcian cities of Cartagena and Torre Pacheco. Promoted by the Energias Renovables de la Región de Murcia company, the project, whose application for an environmental impact statement (DIA) was processed earlier in October 2021 Ministry of Ecological Transition, He is the last person who has got the approval of this department.

Both the ministries that give instructions Teresa Ribera How the autonomous communities (the first responsible for the authorization of projects over 50 MW and the second, for those with less power) have speeded up in a clear way an administrative process that was put in the air only a month ago 80,000 MW renewable through the bureaucratic funnel on the windows. These will lose their access and connection rights to the network provided by MW Network electric network if they do not obtain the said permissions before 25 January they should look for other places and start the processes from scratch.

However, within a few weeks, about a day yes and also the other, the BOE and the official bulletins of the autonomous communities are publishing pending environmental declarations at an as yet unknown rate, which in some cases have been negative. Following Ribera’s announcement that the government would not extend the said period (this is the third time it has done so) and pressure from affected developers who threatened a controversial appeal against the administration if they did not meet the January milestone, these batteries inserted,

No official data on how many of the 80,000 MW were pending a month ago (60,000 photovoltaic and 19,000 wind, UNEF and AEE) according to regional associations, as resolutions are published every day. But information provided by large and medium-sized energy companies suggests it may already be happening. about a third of the capacity Which would have passed the DIA process.

Endesa, which does not have a large amount of MW subject to a January 25 expiration, has recently received the environmental green light for a solar plant in Antas (Almería) of 250 MW, and another in Córdoba of 50 MW.

natureFor its part, it has secured favorable DIAs for six wind projects totaling 136 MW in Galicia. The last one, of Piago Park, has seven wind turbines with a capacity of 28 MW and an investment of 28 million. EDP The DIA, which had between eight and ten pending DIA projects, has achieved three positive resolutions in a few days, despite having a long waiting list.

Even among medium-sized companies, they recognize the progress many of their DIAs have made since the recent unlocking, something that did not happen before the summer. Among them, according to industry sources, are Forestalia, Solaria, RIC Renewables or Capital Energy.

Significantly, the Environmental Impact Statement itself, despite being a very lengthy process, is a guarantee that projects that should have been resolved long ago are being pushed out of the drawer. As an example, the case of an autonomous community that was resolving six DIAs in one year has resolved more than thirty in 2022.

bad fast

But the situation still remains unequal by the autonomous communities. It is assumed that three of them will serve the purpose: Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha and Andalusia, The ones that are furthest behind (though some, like Galicia, are making an obvious effort), may not make it. The Valencian Community, Catalonia, Castilla y León or Navarra continue with much delay. For the Ministry of Ecological Transition, which evaluates large projects, it’s going to a force march and “getting it all out at a reasonable pace, at a good pace,” say business sources.

However, many developers complain that the pressure they are getting from regional authorities is causing them to making negative statements Which, in a normal situation, would be positive. When in doubt and in a hurry, they prefer to resolve the DIA by dismissing it with different arguments, rather than continue analyzing them and missing the January 25 deadline.

Given the possibility that the government may extend the deadline at the last minute, some of the affected companies wish to clarify that they do not seek further postponements, but that the administration speeds up to move your projects forward, In case of refuelling, Red Electrica will reclaim the connection points for the projects in the queue.

The deadline for losing access to the network expires at the end of February

While projects that are pending for Environmental Impact Declaration (DIA) have until January 25 to obtain it (it can be positive or negative), the manager (distributor or transporter, REE) of the network will formally declare won’t be able to. Expiry of the access rights granted to them by the end of February by one month.

Because one issue is the resolution of the DIA and the other is their notification, which the administration may publish in subsequent weeks. Therefore, the managers (essentially, REEs) who granted access permissions have to wait for that time. As of early December, DIA’s resolution for renewable projects with a capacity of 80,000 MW was still pending.

The Ministry of Ecological Transition has made it clear that it will not extend the deadline because, according to political sources, it would mean endorsing the slowness of the regional administration. Communities allege that the assessment system is so garnering that it prolongs DIA processes by more than 30 months. Further, for the rest of the authorizations, another 34 months have to be added, apart from the construction period. However, considering the momentum seen in recent weeks, a major delay doesn’t seem justified.

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