The production of your own energy, in other words, the self-supply of solar energy through photovoltaic or mini-wind panels is undoubtedly something so juicy for the consumer as threatening for large electricity companies, see Endesa or Iberdrola. According to data from the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (Unef), an organization that encompasses 85% of the sector through 300 companies, the cost of the essential elements to generate your own photovoltaic energy has dropped by 80% in the last five years.
After the logical increase in consumption, the Executive of Mariano Rajoy seems willing to act. And for acting understand to stop this increase, in the form of new tolls, in order to favor the big electricity companies. That at least is what emerges in one of the 57 points included in the draft of its Electric Sector Bill, presented during the summer of 2013.
The text reserves the ability to modify the amount of this toll depending on the pace of implementation of these self-supply models among citizens. Unef estimates that this rate will be 27% higher with solar energy in cases in which the consumer opts for this modality instead of the conventional network. According to the decree, a “gradual evolution” of self-consumption is pursued. That is, “direct” the development of this “novel mechanism”, which qualifies as “additional challenge”. Do I challenge for whom? You may wonder. The answer, inevitably, leads to the great electricians, those whose boards of directors are nourished by names that, not too long ago, occupied important positions in politics. Call yourself Elena Salgado, former economic president of the Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and now in Endesa, call Felipe González (Gas Natural). Without going any further, the current Minister of Economy, Luis de Guindos, was a member of the Endesa Appointments and Remuneration Committee before joining the Government. There is no evidence, but the suspicions are more than evident.
In the opinion of Julio Barea, responsible for the Energy and Climate Change campaign of Greenpeace, the Royal Decree prepared by the Government will have two direct consequences. “Many people will directly remove the solar panels from their roofs. Although also, it will have the opposite effect: it will cause others to decide not to comply with the norm and will be considered as solar delinquents “.
And the thing does not stop there. According to the amendment number 475, the Ministry of Industry and Energy will be able to send inspectors to private homes to review the facilities for self-consumption. Specifically: “The personnel authorized for this purpose shall have the following powers of inspection: a) Access any premises, installation, land and means of transport of companies, associations of companies and individuals who perform any activity of the provisions of this law , as well as the private domicile of employers, administrators and other staff members of companies. ” Industry contemplates the possibility of fine with up to 60 million euros to those citizens who install without a prior declaration or discharge a 200 watt solar panel. What has been said, I preserve solar energy.