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Wind of austerity chills Spanish turbine industry

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Posted July 15, 2013
Wind turbines in Alaiz, Navarra province, on July 8, 2013. For green energy producers, Spain has changed from a paradise with generous public support to a markedly less agreeable home.

Wind turbines in Alaiz, Navarra province, on July 8, 2013. For green energy producers, Spain has changed from a paradise with generous public support to a markedly less agreeable home.

Wearing face masks and wielding sanders, two workers smooth the surface of a massive fan for a wind turbine at the Gamesa factory in Aoiz, a town in Navarre, northern Spain.

But in hard times, it will be winds in Finland, not Spain, that make the finished product spin.

Last year, the plant delivered a wind turbine park to Malaga in southern Spain and another to Burgos, in the north, said factory manager Javier Trapiella.

“Now we don’t produce for Spain,” he added.

“It has all stopped.”

For green energy producers, Spain has changed from a paradise with generous public support to a markedly less agreeable home.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government is imposing an austerity regime to plug an accumulated energy sector deficit of 26 billion euros ($34 billion).

On Friday, the horizon darkened further with the approval of reforms cutting annual state aid for renewable energies by more than one billion euros.

The change is enough to place at risk huge strides in the Spanish wind energy industry.

Spain ranks as number four globally in terms of installed wind energy but has dropped to seventh place in terms of new projects, according to the Global Wind Energy Council.

Read more at: Phys.org

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