Climate and energy immediate challenge for Spain’s new coalition government

After nine months of off-and-on negotiations and two general elections, the Spanish parliament yesterday approved socialist party leader Pedro Sánchez’s bid to head a left-wing coalition government committed to an ambitious environmental agenda.

The socialist party (PSOE)-Podemos coalition programme includes commitments to achieving 85-95% renewable electricity generation by 2040, to approving a climate change law and national energy and climate plan (NECP), and to reforming the electricity market to facilitate the transition to a decarbonised economy.

These reforms aim to reflect the progressively lower costs of renewable energy in electricity bills, give renewables producers a reasonable return and stop older technologies, typically nuclear and hydroelectric, from benefiting from windfall profits.

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