Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Ministry exempts renewable energy projects in vulnerable areas from environmental assessment

In the last Council of Ministers of the year, and amidst an overwhelming decree of anti-crisis measures, the central government this week approved Relaxation of environmental requirements for setting up renewable energy plants, Following the EU agreement to accelerate the development of these green facilities in the face of the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, Spain gives the green light to the implementation of any project, regardless of its size and power, without traditional environmental impact assessment.

it will, yes, with Temporary nature, till the end of 2024, And only for new projects. And above all, Those who are going to be located in Special Protection Areas will continue to be required to have an environmental report, In particular, in locations restricted by Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Law or marine environments, strict controls will be maintained on plants designed within the Natura 2000 network.

In addition, high voltage overhead lines longer than 15 kilometers will also require environmental assessment. Although, Plant size is no longer an exclusion criterion, Until now, through a decree in March, the Ministry of Ecological Transition exempted from this previously reported wind projects equal to or less than 75 megawatts, or 150 in the case of solar power. With this week’s agreement, the exception is open to any power.

On the other hand, although with the same objective of expediting the processing of projects and “reducing energy dependence”, Ministry declares implementation of renewable energy “urgent for reasons of public interest”, As a result, procedures are unified and resolution periods are shortened, although some of these measures were already being implemented in Aragón, such as the joint resolution of the former and construction authorities.

La dga, al 97%

Sources in the government of Aragon indicated that they are studying the ministerial proposal, but pointed out that the community is a leader in the resolution of files – the autonomy is in charge of the smaller ones. In fact, 97% of the 630 files that have expired have been processed At the end of January.

For its part, the sector appreciates the Ministry’s measures. “Renewable energies are both the present and the future, both locally and globally. An adequate rate of development in the area is compatible with the preservation of other aspects, All of them are undoubtedly very important, such as the protection of the environment and heritage”, he defends. Forestalia,

“Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has forced the whole of Europe to accelerate the rate of deployment of renewable energy: the measure approved in Spain is moving in the same direction,” celebrates the company.

Instead, environmental constraints have been eradicated. has been harshly criticized in recent weeks by environmental groups, scientific groups and political parties Like Teruel Exists, Podemos or CHA. They believe it is a kind of “open bar” that threatens the biodiversity of the area. The ministry rejects these allegations, and assures that it preserves “the strictest protection of the environment” with the approval of “a legislative measure of maximum guarantee”.

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