The government has backed down on the edge to save hundreds of renewable projects from collapse. The Executive has approved this Tuesday in the Council of Ministers a six month extension for green developers to certify that they have obtained the next administrative milestone set by law, the administrative construction authorization, which expired on July 25. Without it, dozens of projects would lose their permission to access the electricity grid, which, in practice, means the death of the projects and the loss of substantial bank guarantees.
It was materially impossible given the bureaucratic jam dragged by the administrations, a situation that has been aggravated by the electoral advance. The recent adjustment in the renewable calendar realizes that the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Riberahas ended up yielding to pressure from the sector, which has been anticipating the milestone law for renewables for months, by which the ministry set a series of deadlines in which promoters had to prove the relevant administrative permits to go ahead with the projects It needs a thorough review.
As the ministry itself has estimated, currently, throughout the national territory there are renewable projects totaling 43 GW of power (80% photovoltaic and 20% wind) that must obtain construction authorization before July 25 or decline and start all the administrative processing again.
The new term of six months means, in fact, an adjustment in what has been one of the star laws promoted by Teresa Ribera. In the Ministry They have spent weeks analyzing how to circumvent the new bottleneckrenewableas this newspaper announced in its day.
Despite the warnings from the sector, the third vice president has been resisting for some time to modify a law that, in practice, has led Spain to a renewable deployment in fits and starts. The six-month extension approved this Tuesday implies that the ministry is aware of the problem, but also that, instead of a thorough review of the rule, the portfolio has chosen to put a patch that delays the renewable cap until after the next elections. generals.