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Spanish energy transition retains political support

Spain looks set to carry on with its transition away from coal and nuclear regardless of whether Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez decides to form a coalition or govern alone Spain looks set to carry on with its transition away from coal and nuclear regardless of whether Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez decides to form a coalition or govern alone.
By Andreas Walstad 2 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34185
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez celebrates his election win. (PA)

The key issue: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his socialist government remained in power following Sunday’s snap election and can now form a coalition with the left-wing Podemos party and others or rule alone as a minority government.

Interfax analysis: Spain intends to phase out coal-fired power by 2030 and nuclear power by 2035, which means that gas and battery storage will compete for market share as back-up sources for renewables. 

Sunday’s snap election – in which socialist...