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    Can 200 wind turbines fit in one million square kilometers of Spanish territorial waters?


    June 2, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      The Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge has launched a public consultation prior to the design of the "regulatory framework for the development of offshore wind and marine energy facilities". The objective of the public consultation - the Ministry explains - is to ensure the effective participation (in the design of these regulations) of all the traditional users of the sea (fishing, aquaculture, navigation) and of the future users "of the wind power and offshore energy sectors". The regulation should coordinate "the authorization procedure, the granting of rights to use marine space, access and connection to the electricity grid, and the promotion of investment through competitive bidding procedures". The arrival of a new player in a space such as the maritime area is causing a lot of commotion among the actors that have traditionally inhabited and used this scenario (fishing, aquaculture, navigation) and is also raising a lot of concern among other agents interested in this space, such as the tourism sector and environmental organizations.

      Well, in view of all this, the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge has launched a public consultation "prior" to the design of the "regulatory framework for the development of offshore wind farms and marine energy". In this consultation, it poses eleven questions to all interested parties. These

      1. Do you agree with the elements proposed as the basis for the regulatory framework? What other issues do you consider essential?

      2. What interactions with existing regulatory frameworks or planning instruments should be taken into account in this regulation (European, State, Autonomous Community, island, local)?

      3. What information do you consider necessary for the development of offshore wind and marine energy projects?

      4. What requirements and design criteria should be established in the development of offshore wind and marine energy projects?

      5. How could the participation of all social and economic agents in the development of offshore wind and marine energies be favored? How could effective dialogue channels with all interested agents be established

      ?

      6. What should be the characteristics of the economic support instrument for this type of project?

      7. What model of connection of the projects for their evacuation do you consider the most appropriate (radial, centralized, hybrid...)? In the case of opting for a centralized model, who

      do you think should be the owner of the evacuation installation?

      8. What criteria and parameters should be considered in the evaluation of the bids in the competitive bidding process? What would be the weighting of each of these

      criteria and how could they be quantitatively evaluated?

      9. What measures could be adopted to enhance the positive socioeconomic impacts at the local and national levels?

      10. What measures could be adopted to promote the industrial development of the value chain?

      11. Should special treatment be given to pilot projects in test areas? What would this treatment be?

      [Caption: The five marine demarcations of Spain. This map is for technical use and does not reflect boundaries between neighboring states. Source: Executive Summary of Maritime Spatial Management Plans. Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge].

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