Spain, third in Europe and fifth worldwide in wind technology exports

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Spain is the third in the EU in wind power technology exports, after Germany and Denmark, according to data from the European Commission. In 2012, Spain exported wind components and equipment to the value of €1.5bn.
Spain does not have many sectors that can boast of exporting technology but wind is definitely one of them, as can be seen in the graph below. In fact, the Spanish wind power sector increased its exports tenfold between 1998 and 2012.
Globally and according to UN data from 2010 (the latest available), Spain stood in fifth place in the ranking of companies in wind technology, ahead of Japan, France or the UK.
The orderly development of wind energy, over its twenty-year history in Spain, has enabled a powerful industry to take shape, which creates value at every link in the production chain, right from small component companies up to large wind turbine manufacturers.
A major effort has also been made in innovation, research and development, making the Spanish wind industry one of the world leaders in industrial patents. According to the UN, Spain is the fifth country worldwide in number of wind power patents. This country has a total of 9.1% of Europe’s wind patents, compared to an average of 2.4% for all Spanish economic sectors taken together.
If the wind industry is a world leader which creates added value with a large proportion of technology content and is an example of the production model that Spain needs to climb out of recession, what is the point of penalizing it at this very moment with the most regressive regulation ever passed in any country in the world? If the reform of the tax system, proposed by the government, destroys the investments already made, there will be no future for the sector in Spain and the industry will run a serious risk of having to leave the country and take investment in R & D and export capabilities to other countries which are willing to accept it with open arms. And when the Spanish government wants to reactivate the sector, either to meet European 2020 objectives or because the fossil fuel bill has become unbearable, it is very likely that we will no longer have our own industry here in Spain.