Spain increasing Nuclear, reducing Solar and Wind Power

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With all the false reporting about Spain's Green, Clean, Renewable Energy "success", I thought I would post a fact.

Spain is increasing its nuclear power capacity to compensate for the losses incurred in the Green Clean Renewable (so many false names for the failure of solar and wind) energy.

Nuclear Power in Spain Spanish Nuclear Energy



Power uprates
Spain is notable for power plant uprates. It has a program to add 810 MWe (11%) to its nuclear capacity through upgrading its nine reactors by up to 13%. For instance, the Almaraz nuclear plant is being boosted by more than 5% at a cost of US$ 50 million. Some 519 MWe of the overall increase is already in place.

Cofrentes was uprated 2% in 1988, another 2.2% in 1998, 5.6% in 2002 and 1.9% in 2003, taking it to 112% of original capacity. Tentative plans will take it to 120% later in the decade.

Solar has also been promoted with a feed-in tariff of about EUR 30 c/kWh, but the take-up was so high that the government had to renege on its subsidy commitments in 2010 after investments had been made, almost halving those for large plants. The country has spent an average of EUR 4.75 billion per year on renewables subsidies since 2004. The government announced that it would award no further feed-in tariff contracts after the end of 2012 for special regime suppliers – renewables and small generators, which have priority market access. See section on Energy Reform Bill below.

 

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TrendForce 2015 Worldwide Solar Demand to Grow 16.5 Emerging Markets Growth to Surpass... -- TAIPEI Dec. 15 2014 PRNewswire --

TAIPEI, Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The worldwide solar market demand in 2014 was approximately at 44GW, even though the China market did not perform as well as expectations, due to the continuous growth in Japan and the U.S. market, the supply and demand remained stable. At the end of 2014, the overall supply chain maintained a solid utilization rate, while China's tier-one module manufacturers also continued to break shipment records. Jason Huang, Research Manager at EnergyTrend, a research division of TrendForce, indicates that the 2015 worldwide solar demand is projected at 51.4GW, with the key markets remaining inChina, United States, and Japan, taking up 57% of the overall share, yet it is slightly lower than that of 2014. The rise of the emerging markets (the solar installation countries that are out of top 10) has begun to appear starting the second half of 2014. In 2015, the growth momentum of the emerging markets will become more apparent, and the overall demand will surpass 10GW.

2015 Solar Market's 5 Major Trends as follows:

Flap your yaps all you desire, solar is a resounding success, and becoming a bigger market force every day.
 

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With all the false reporting about Spain's Green, Clean, Renewable Energy "success", I thought I would post a fact.

Spain is increasing its nuclear power capacity to compensate for the losses incurred in the Green Clean Renewable (so many false names for the failure of solar and wind) energy.

Nuclear Power in Spain Spanish Nuclear Energy



Power uprates
Spain is notable for power plant uprates. It has a program to add 810 MWe (11%) to its nuclear capacity through upgrading its nine reactors by up to 13%. For instance, the Almaraz nuclear plant is being boosted by more than 5% at a cost of US$ 50 million. Some 519 MWe of the overall increase is already in place.

Cofrentes was uprated 2% in 1988, another 2.2% in 1998, 5.6% in 2002 and 1.9% in 2003, taking it to 112% of original capacity. Tentative plans will take it to 120% later in the decade.

Solar has also been promoted with a feed-in tariff of about EUR 30 c/kWh, but the take-up was so high that the government had to renege on its subsidy commitments in 2010 after investments had been made, almost halving those for large plants. The country has spent an average of EUR 4.75 billion per year on renewables subsidies since 2004. The government announced that it would award no further feed-in tariff contracts after the end of 2012 for special regime suppliers – renewables and small generators, which have priority market access. See section on Energy Reform Bill below.
Good to see common sense prevail at least in that portion of the world.

 

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Detail EWEA

European Union countries to install 75GW of wind energy over next 7 years, an increase of 64% installed wind power capacity, bringing the total to 192.4 GW.


- Up to €124 billion in wind farm investments across the EU expected by 2020, creating 100,000 additional jobs by 2020.

Wind turbine installations in the European Union will increase 64% by 2020 compared to 2013 levels, according to data compiled by the European Wind Energy Association.

Looks like wind is still going great in Europe.
 

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