Ministers fail to agree Mediterranean solar strategy

Mediterranean energy ministers failed to endorse an implementation strategy for a 2008 regional solar plan when they met in Brussels on Wednesday, but it might still be adopted in six months time

Mediterranean energy ministers failed to endorse an implementation strategy for a regional solar plan adopted five years ago when they met in Brussels on Wednesday. In fact, there were no official conclusions from the meeting at all.

The main obstacle appears to have been Spain, which does not object to the plan in principle but is concerned about the impact on its own energy market, which is already oversupplied.

A lack of interconnection capacity between Spain and France means solar power from the southern Mediterranean could not travel north to where it is needed. Spain is also worried about the price difference between Moroccan and its own domestic energy.

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