Recent changes on the renewable energy sector introduced under Royal Decree-Law 9/2013 of 12 July

Royal Decree-Law 9/2013, of 12 July, adopting urgent measures in order to ensure financial stability of the electricity system (hereinafter RD -L 9/2013) was published in the Official Spanish Gazette (BOE) on 13 July 2013.

Over the last decade, the Spanish electricity system has been showing a tariff deficit. This deficit is due to the actual costs associated to the regulated activities and operation of the electricity system being higher than the tariffs established by the government and paid for by the consumers.

In order to correct such deficit, urgent measures have been adopted over the last few years with an impact on both the costs and the income of the electricity sector. However, the different legal and regulatory measures have proven inefficient due to certain factors, such as the reduction in electricity demand due to the economic crisis — with the consequent reduction in income from access tariffs — and the increase in the generation produced by facilities entitled to special incentives compared with that originally estimated…

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