Renewable energy companies have once again called for "legal security" and that the legislation of the sector is "stable, that the government does not turn upside down," said José Miguel Villarig, president of APPA Renovables.
He also highlighted in the presentation of the study on the macroeconomic impact of renewable energies in Spain that in the energy transition "you can not continue to improvise as before".
Villarig affirmed that another concern of the sector is to know what the remuneration of these facilities will be after 2020. "We trust in the amendment that was approved by the then opposition parties, and now in the government, not to cut it."
The general director of APPA Renovables, José María González, stressed that "we are still far" from achieving the goal that by 2020 20% of the final energy is renewable, since in 2017 that percentage fell to 16.7% .
The study shows that the renewable energy sector contributed 9,304 million euros to the national GDP, contributing 1,089 million in net taxation and establishing a new record of exports (4,564 million) that established a trade balance of the renewable sector of +3,117 million euros .
The savings produced in the electricity market reached 2,584 million euros by putting downward pressure on electricity prices, although the figure was abnormally low due to the behavior of the market. According to the sector, last year the average price of the electricity market stood at 52.24 euros per megawatt hour (MWh), while if it had not had the renewable contribution in the market it would have been 10.23 euros per MWh more expensive.
In addition, renewable energy avoided in 2017 the emissions of 56.85 million tons of CO2, valued at 332 million euros. They also generated savings in hydrocarbon imports of 6,951 million euros.
On the other hand, these energies received 5,674 million euros in terms of specific compensation for electricity generation. The sector generated 78,667 jobs.