Spain’s Experience with Feed-in Tariffs and Integration of Renewable Energy
Amongst the world’s leading renewable energy jurisdictions, Spain has experienced rapid growth in the uptake of renewable systems due to their Feed-in Tariff legislation and also to their advanced smart grid management strategies (i.e. technical and managerial know-how) that has enabled the country to rapidly integrate increasing amounts of renewable power.
At a workshop at York University November 19, 2009, two leading expert practitioners described the Spanish experience, and answered questions on how Ontario could learn from Spain as it develops a smart grid stratety to intergrate more renewable power into the grid through the Green Energy Act.
HUGO LUCAS PORTA from the Spanish Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving provided a history of Spain’s feed-in tariff experience and described the policies that Spain will use to meet its Europeam Union target of 20% renewable energy by 2020.
MIGUEL DE LA TORRE RODRIGUEZ, Director of Operations, RED ELÉCTRICA de España, S.A. described how Spain operates its renewable power control centres, and through accurate forcasting has been able to intergrate over 50% wind and solar power into the grid.