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Renewable Energy in Spain Is Taking a Beating

New York Times -- Years of disastrous policies, coupled with the economic crisis, have recast renewable energy in Spain. Once touted as the embodiment of progress, wealth and sustainability, the industry is now seen as an unwanted and costly extravagance.

The policy turnaround started in 2010 but picked up momentum with a government decree in July aimed at closing a widening gap between the cost of electricity generation and what consumers pay — known as the tariff deficit.

The decree’s impact has all but erased public support for renewable power, raising alarms in the industry inside and outside Spain.

“We’ve gone from misery to ruin,” said Jaume Margarit, director of the Association of Renewable Energy Producers.

In an embarrassing admission, the government said last month that despite past consumer


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 5:44:29 AM

at the same time, many places in the US have seen very high price hikes, too, and not all have to do w/ renewable energy.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 5:44:28 AM

and some of the now higher costs come on the heels of years of extremely low energy costs to the consumer.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 10:32:14 AM

::::humble: don't think you can compare Spain (one of the PIGS countries) with the US.
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Sure you can, being broke has nothing to do with a country choosing to be heavily invested in renewables. If anything the US is even more broke than Spain.

The thing with Spain and Germany is the pain of green energy is now hitting people hard in their pocketbooks.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 7:16:17 AM

humble: don't think you can compare Spain (one of the PIGS countries) with the US.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 7:16:16 AM

Spain has been having issues for a long time already.
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RogerB
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 5:49:49 AM

Very interesting . . .
             
             
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 4:43:40 AM

a look into our future
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DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 4:04:32 AM

when money gets tight, opposing factions fight
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KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 1:36:48 AM

This news article was energy-related, but I would much rather read a news article about consumers working together to save on gas.
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wz
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:40:05 AM

Their socialist policies are just a few years ahead of us, but we are gaining.
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mlmeng
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:26:48 AM

Renewable energy that is government driven is hard to sustain. Renewable energy that is market driven would survive.
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OuttaOfGAS
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:26:44 AM

Hope they mananage to solve their THERE problem!?
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crreed1
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:19:51 AM

ok
bad all over
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N5EXY
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:19:17 AM

Misery to ruin? Sounds like USa.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:17:32 AM

Okay.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:16:47 AM

As long as oil is plentiful again we will take the easy route and renewable energy will suffer, government boondoggles notwithstanding.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:14:44 AM

Spain is in a near bankruptcy.
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Zonk
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:14:32 AM

Not a surprise. Look about the USA.
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MidNJ
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:14:17 AM

So, if renewable energy is taking a beating -

And fossil fuels (oil?) is becoming more affordable (for now),

The question is; Where do we go from here?
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:10:18 AM

Okay
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:10:14 AM

politics ???????
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:10:11 AM

'Green' is not yet cost effective.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:09:53 AM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:09:14 AM

Another Government intervention fiasco. No one learns.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:09:11 AM

Spain's economy has been in shambles for the past 5yrs..
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:08:38 AM

As it is everywhere!
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:08:31 AM

Hmm
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:08:00 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:06:36 AM

The Spanish are sooo cutting edge.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:05:47 AM

ole -(O-Lay)
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:05:26 AM

Ok
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mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:05:14 AM

Europe's a mess, eh?
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:03:27 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:02:22 AM

Big waste of money
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:01:03 AM

Not quite the same thing here since the consumer is footing the bill for the energy they use.
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:58:36 PM

welcome to the downside of renewable energy....
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:56:30 PM

The situation in Spain is different than the situation in the US so the only conclusions to be drawn are about the situation in Spain.
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mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:56:16 PM

And the relationship to gas prices is ...?
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:54:56 PM

They are not the only ones taking a beating.
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:53:46 PM

Just about everything in Spain is taking a beating.
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morris53659
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:49:16 PM

This story is sounding familiar. I just wonder where else this is happening. It seems so close. Hummmm.
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:42:49 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:40:05 PM

ehhhh
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:37:05 PM

Been taking a beating in Spain for years now.
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:34:28 PM

did they listen to Obama too?
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:34:06 PM

sounds familiar.
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:34:01 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:28:07 PM

Saving energy is a good thing on the long run, but going too fast is a killer, see Spain now.
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:28:03 PM

Spain is a country in disarray.
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2013 11:26:13 PM

Will the US learn from Spain?
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