Energy & Renewables (39)

Energy-4There was a time, not long ago, when Spain was a bright spot in the global solar market. The country attracted significant interest from international sponsors and banks for developing solar schemes.
Energy-45The changing role of the State in Portugal’s energy markets
Energy-5The 40 percent reduction in feed-in tariff rates applicable to solar photovoltaic sector schemes and the introduction of a cap on the volume of output that can be sold, introduced last year by the Spanish Government, has prompted much anger in the market; raising claims before the Spanish courts in a bid to end the controversial reforms.
Energy-6A    Energy-6The discovery by Anadarko and ENI of significant recoverable gas reserves off the coast of Mozambique in late 2011 is prompting dramatic change in its energy sector

In its present form, the Spanish electricity system is financially unviable, but major changes could produce mid-term results, says Javier de Montalvo, Head of Energy at GARAYAR ASOCIADOS.

Pricing uncertainty is reducing the degree of commercial speculation in the renewables sector, while encouraging larger renewables players into the market

The coming months will likely see new regulation affecting the renewables sectors in Spain, with a consensus that much of the existing regulatory and tariff regime will change. Any uncertainty inevitably raises concerns, but such developments may yet favour the largest, most sophisticated investors, says Francisco Solchaga, partner with Araoz & Rueda at Madrid.

Portugal is embarking on a series of pilot solar photovoltaic and thermo-solar production sites that may lead to a dramatic expansion of the market

The success of Portugal’s onshore renewable energy strategy is prompting both the government and investors to now look at new opportunities, albeit with mixed success, says Jose Eduardo Martins, Head of Public Law at Abreu Advogados.

The Iberian energy markets remain an area of continuing activity, say lawyers. Inevitably the financial crisis has had an impact, but the sector in many respects remains largely healthy. The major utility players continue to develop their strategies at home and abroad, albeit there are some internal issues among a number of companies, while both Spain and Portugal continue to invest in the renewables sectors – an area in which Iberian companies are finding significant success internationally.

Portugal, like Spain, has financial and political worries on how to deal with its energy tariff deficit. “We are likely to see some changes to feed-in production tariffs in the renewables sector but nothing is yet decided, but any change will likely affect new projects much more than existing ones,” says João Rosado Correia, partner with Garrigues in Lisbon.
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