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Gas in good position to boost share of Spain’s power mix

With many of Spain’s coal-fired power plants expected to close in the coming years, gas seems well-placed to make gains in the generation mix With many of Spain’s coal-fired power plants expected to close in the coming years, gas seems well-placed to make gains in the generation mix.
By Andreas Walstad 2 August 2018 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power 0 31987
The Castelnou Energia CCGT plant in Spain. (GDF Suez)

The cut in national subsidies for coal, coupled with stricter EU environmental legislation, means many of Spain’s older coal-fired plants are expected to close by 2020. This should leave more room for gas in power generation as a flexible back-up for intermittent supply from wind and solar. 

Despite concerns over security of supply, Spain’s competition regulator the CNMC ruled in January that the country could close at least 3 GW – or 30% – of its coal-fired plants without risking blackouts. With many...

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