Spain adds just 175MW wind in 2013

Wind power additions came to a near standstill in Spain last year as still-uncompleted energy reforms spelled brutal cuts to the country’s support system for renewables – and left investors fearing losses due to retroactive measures.

Spain installed just 175MW of new wind capacity last year, down from 1.1GW in 2012 and a similar figure in 2011.

It was the lowest addition in at least 14 years and nudged up the country’s cumulative installed wind capacity to 24.99GW – still one Europe’s highest totals, reveals the data from national wind industry body the AEE.

But in a disastrous scenario for the industry, companies gave up on plans to install a further 928MW at wind parks that had already been approved by the government, fearing the prospect of losses and legal insecurity.

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