Spain Advances Renewables

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Spain is seeking to significantly ramp up renewables in power generation while cutting natural gas use as it prepares to decarbonize, according to its national energy and climate plan (NECP). Madrid has enshrined a greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal of 23% by 2030 from 1990 levels. Renewables in the final energy mix would climb from 20% in 2020 to 42% in 2030, and there is also a goal for a 39.5% improvement in energy efficiency compared to 2007 levels. Gas, meanwhile, could see its share of the electricity mix drop from an average of between 17% and 24% over the last three years to less than 10% in 2030. Gas has been crowding coal out of the picture, but with renewable growth gaining speed, the NECP tasks renewables to provide 74% of Spanish electricity production by 2030.

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