Professor Cayetano López, Director General of CIEMAT, will speak on "Renewable Energy in Spain: Technology and Politics
" at the Australian National University, in Canberra, 23 May 2013.
“Renewable Energy in Spain: Technology and Politics”
Public Lecture by Professor Cayetano López, Director General of CIEMAT
Thursday, 23 May 2013, 5.00pm drinks reception, lecture from 5.30 - 6.30pm
Renewable Energy deployment in Spain has progressed rapidly in the
past decade due to a convergence of several factors: a political will to
meet the 2020 renewable energy and climate change objectives defined by
the European Union, the existence of Research
Centres that have spearheaded innovation and commercialisation of
renewable energy technologies as well as large amount of private sector
As a result, one third ofSpain’s electricity is generated from
renewable sources. Spanish companies have also emerged as world leaders
in a number of renewable energy technologies, notably wind power and
concentrated solar. All this have been brought about
by generous public funding schemes in R & D and early stage
commercialisation as well as fiscal and regulatory policies supportive
of a rapid expansion of the renewable energy market.
The European crisis have prompted significant policy changes that
could jeopardise the continuity of existing support schemes and
negatively affect the state of renewable energy in Spain. Professor
López, Director General of CIEMAT, describes the present situation and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of policy changes going forward.
CIEMAT is the leading public research institution that operates under
key Spanish ministries, including the Ministry of Economics and
Competitiveness and the Ministry of Research, Development and
Innovation. Established in 1986, it
promotes and carries out research and technological
development projects of environmentally friendly energy technologies. It
also aims at improving the competitiveness of existing renewable energy
technologies in the global energy market.
CIEMAT has six key facilities in Spain, including world renowned
Plataforma Solar de Almería, the world leader in concentrated solar
power research since 1977.
This event is jointly hosted by The ANU Energy Change Institute
(ECI) and The Embassy of Spain. ECI combines leading research and
teaching in energy technologies, efficiency, policy, law, sociology and
economics. ECI Director Professor Ken Baldwin
will chair the public lecture. Registration is essential.
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