Candidates present their proposals to promote renewable power models

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The Spanish presidential candidates soon to face each other in the electoral race on November 10 presented their energy proposals, coinciding on the need to promote renewable and more environmentally friendly models for 2050.

The electoral programs presented by Pedro Sánchez (PSOE), Pablo Casado (PP), Santiago Abascal (VOX), Pablo Iglesias (Unidos Podemos), and Albert Rivera (Ciudadanos) ratify the need to accelerate the energy transition.

In the debate broadcasted on Monday, November 4, the candidates addressed critical topics like democratic and institutional quality, social politics and equality, pensions, and taxes.

The candidates caught the public’s attention with their stances on security, employment, production, and education. However, their energy and environmental proposals were not touched during the debate.

For now, the Spanish Corporation of Strategic Reserves of Oil-based Products (CORES) revealed figures indicating the provisional advance in the consumption of several fuels.

“In September, following the drop seen in the previous month, consumption of motor fuels grew once again (+0.2% vs September 2018), gasoline went up (+3.9%) while diesel fell (-0.6%),” the corporation explained.

Similarly, consumption during 3T 2019 increased (+1.2% vs 3T 2018), with gasoline growing even more than diesel (with +0.6% and +0.1%, respectively).

In the meantime, the annual accumulate also indicated a rise in gasoline consumption (+5.7%) while diesel consumption went slightly down (-0.4%).

PSOE: Maintaining prices

Achieving a 100% renewable electricity generation by 2050 – and 85% to 90% by 2040 – based on a schedule to shut down nuclear and coal-fired power plants without increasing electricity prices, is one of the main proposals brought by PSOE.

Furthermore, it advocates for the elaboration of a Law for Sustainable Mobility and Public Transport Financing, as well as the transition toward a green economy and the creation of jobs related to decarbonization. The proposal of the socialist party also includes zero-emissions vehicles by 2040.

PP: No taxes

On the other hand, the Popular Party expressed an interest in “reducing the price of electricity in households and businesses” by cutting the energy tax but did not elaborate on the details. Similarly, it promotes “the approval of a State Agreement to establish a stable energy mix that will provide certainty to the sector and consumer in 40 years time.”

This energy mix is aimed at guaranteeing the security of supply and emissions reduction.

According to Casado, Spain’s power was 40% renewable thanks to the efforts of the PP governments. “We created the first Ministry of the Environment, ratified the Kyoto and Paris agreements, advocated for the elimination of plastic residues… we will continue to fight against climate change,” he added.

VOX: Energy proposal meant to impose order

VOX’s government program is based on 100 points and number 38 addresses the development of an Energy Plan.

The main goal is to attain energy self-sufficiency on the basis of cheap, sustainable, efficient, and clean energy.

“Bring order to the tariff chaos,” he highlighted, and cutting subsidies and financial aid for new facilities since they distort the market, VOX warned in its energy proposals.

Unidas Podemos: Reducing CO2 emissions

Mobilizing 2.5% of the annual GDP from public and private capital to reduce CO2 emissions by half in one decade and by 90% by 2040 was the proposal brought by the party led by Pablo Iglesias.

Its electoral proposal also refers to the creation of 600,000 jobs and improving half a million houses to better utilize electricity and energy.

The underprivileged will be the firsts to attain these benefits that will lead to annual savings, the plan stresses.

Ciudadanos: Consumer statutes

This political organization proposes to reward consumer efficiency to reduce prices by more than 30%.

To this end, the energy proposal presented by Ciudadanos entails reforming the energy tariff system to make it more transparent, stable, predictable and promoting competitiveness in the industry.

In detail, it proposes the approval of the Statute of Electro-intensive Consumers that recognizes the specific difficulties of this type of industry and introduces mechanisms that favor their competitiveness in the international market.

It also proposes promoting bilateral PPA contracts for electro-intensive industries.

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