Spain pushes clean energy decree to speed renewable rollout

first_imgSpain’s cabinet approved on Tuesday a decree aimed at smoothing the rollout of renewable energy generation, with measures to combat speculation in the market, cut red tape and overhaul an outdated auction system to reassure investors and lower prices.Spain wants to make use of rich natural resources including prodigious sunlight both to reduce pollution and create jobs, in response to the devastation the coronavirus has wrought on an economy that relies heavily on tourism and cars.It follows plans being developed by the European Union (EU) to use low-carbon investments to battle the downturn. Spain is working on joining a handful of wealthy nations embedding targeted emissions reductions into law. One area the decree aims to address is control over permits to pump power into the grid, which renewable developers complain are being hoarded for profit, pushing up the cost of establishing new solar plants or wind farms.Responding to the fact that around 60% of outstanding requests for these permits appear to be purely speculative, the Energy and Environment Ministry said it would oblige holders to prove they were building plants or risk losing a deposit.Power auctions will now be based on the price of energy, a structure the ministry said would allow developers to better plan investments and revenue, and reduce the eventual price of electricity for consumers.Simplifying other permitting processes should help generate jobs across the supply chain, the ministry said, adding 90% of the components of a wind turbine and 65% of a solar plant can be produced in Spain.The measures were presented as an urgent decree, meaning they are likely to be approved unchanged by parliament in the coming days.  Topics :last_img read more

Ali Campbell scheduled to perform tonight at WCMF

first_imgAli Campbell. Image via: solarnavigator.netLegendary Ali Campbell of the UB40 band will take the stage this evening when the fifteenth edition of the World Creole Music Festival gets underway at 8pm at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in Roseau.Ali Campbell whose birth name is Alistair Ian Campbell is a solo artist, songwriter and was the lead singer of the UB40. UB40 is a British reggae band who according to Wikipedia is a “British reggae band formed in 1978 in Birmingham. The band has placed more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. One of the world’s best-selling music artists, UB40 has sold over 70 million records”.Executive Marketing Officer of the Dominica Festivals Commission Leroy “Waddicks” Charles says everything is in place for the show tonight.“Everything is working out well for tonight; we will have Kolobarst of Martinique who sings traditional music. After that we will be having Ali Campbel the legendary singer of UB40 who will sing several songs of the UB40 including “Red, red wine” and all the other songs which have made him popular. We have the New Generation Grammacks featuring Jeff Joseph; they will be there with us tonight as well as Karmonik for the first time in Dominica. This is a group which features the music of Haiti including the new generation Compas and WCK; the great creators of Bouyon music tonight,” he said.Charles also invites all visitors and the general public to come to celebrate with the Domincia Festivals Commission this evening.“We are inviting everyone to come to the festival, it is our fifteenth anniversary and we are inviting all the visitors who are on island to come to celebrate with us.Dominica Vibes News Share 1212 Views   no discussions EntertainmentLocalNewsWCMF 2011 Ali Campbell scheduled to perform tonight at WCMF by: – October 28, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more