WWF annual electricity observatory 2013. A year of setbacks in energy policy

    Madridejos Wind Farm. Cristina Martin. WWF

    On 10th January WWF published its annual Electricity Observatory for 2013. For the organisation, 2013 has been a year in which energy has made definite steps in the wrong direction as a result of the new law regulating the electricity sector, the energy reform and the imminent increase in January by 2.3% of the electricity bill. In 2013 renewable energies continued to be penalised with various laws.

    The most recent is the one on the electricity sector, approved on 26th December which, with the pretext of reducing the tariff deficit, has put the brakes on renewable energies and self-consumption. Nevertheless, WWF believes that this law is not going to solve this problem, since this year the tariff deficit will go back to being between €4.5 and 5 billion.

    This new law will continue to bring new hikes in the electricity bill for everyone, such as the 2.3% increase in January which is the result, among other things, of the inflationist nature of the auctions which set the price of electricity, the subsidies on coal, extra-peninsular costs, low demand for electricity and payments by capacity to gas plants.

    Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2014