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The Spanish Government iniciates the regulation of marine energy

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The Ministry of Ecological Transition has begun the process that will regulate marine energy production in Spain.

The regulatory proposal proposes the simultaneous allocation of the economic regime for renewable energies. In addition to the reservation of grid access capacity and the concession for the use of the maritime-terrestrial public domain.

The National Energy and Climate Plan sets a target of 3 GW of offshore wind energy and up to 60 MW from other marine sources by 2030. This development implies a high level of economic activity and will create 40,000 jobs.

Spain is currently a world leader in the field of renewable energies, especially in the case of marine energy. It has powerful wind power and shipping sectors, as well as being a European benchmark in R&D. Spain is the European country with the most R&D facilities, such as the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN), the Vizcaya Marine Energy Platform (BiMEP) or the Experimental Zone for the Exploitation of Marine Energies in Punta Langosteira (A Coruña), the second largest test bed in the world for marine energy.

To achieve these objectives, the MITECO (Ministry of Ecological Transition) has approved the Maritime Space Management Plans. To this end, zones are marked out according to the uses of the sea (fishing, navigation, energy production, etc.). This includes 19 High Potential Areas (HPAs) with a total surface area of 5,000 square kilometres, 0.46% of the territorial waters.

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