Forestalia sweeps the renewables auction

Wind turbine walls

As alerted from the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF), the wind power has been the great beneficiary of the competition for new renewable capacity held today, May 17.

El Forestalia Group has managed to be awarded more than half of the 2.000 megawatts (MW) of power that the Ministry of Energy has put on the table to give a new impetus to the sector.

As confirmed by the Aragonese company to the media, it has gained 1.200 megawatts (MW) that they will develop mainly in projects in Aragon. 

Last year, in the auction that ended the moratorium on renewable energies, the group chaired by Fernando Samper (Forestry) It was awarded more than 400 MW -300 MW of wind power and more than 100 MW of biomass- of the 700 MW that were put into play.

In total, the Aragonese has assigned 1.500 MW of wind capacity between both tenders and has an installed capacity of 277,5 MW in said community, distributed in 13 wind farms.

Presence of wind farms

The 'macro auction' of renewables put 2.000 MW into play, expandable to 3.000 MW if the auction result offered competitive prices, as indicated by the Energy Ministry. In fact, allocated blocks exceed the 2.000 megawatts discussed above.

Apart from Forestry, other companies have also won several blocks. For example Gamesa confirm it would have won a 206 MW block. For its part, according to industry sources Gas Natural Fenosa it has gained around 600 MW. Enel Green Power Spain -a subsidiary of Endesa-, would have been awarded 500 MW. However, IberdrolaMeanwhile, it would not have achieved any of the blocks for which it has bid.

Natural gas flames

The auction, developed by the Spanish Electric Market Operator (OMIE), took place this morning and the matching closed at around midnight. The definitive result may vary depending on the resolution of possible resources, indicate industry sources. In this second auction, the Ministry tripled the guarantees to be presented to ensure that the projects they had the necessary financial viability.

It is missing that the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) approve, for which it has a period of 24 hours, and that the Ministry of Energy endorses them.

The objective of the auction launched by the Government is to allow introduce the most cost-efficient renewable technologies and that the call allows Spain to advance in the fulfillment of the community objectives in the field of renewable energy for the year 2020.

UNEF will raise its complaint to the EU

Energía announced the auction as technologically neutral. However, from the photovoltaic sector it was considered that they were aggrieved. So much so that the National Union of Fotolotaic Companies (UNEF) filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the regulations that in the event of a tie It gave them less production hours and therefore a disadvantage in the event of a tie. Although the auction has already taken place, this procedure before the courts continues. However, industry sources consider that it is very difficult for it to prosper.

Workers on solar panels

Despite this, after finishing the auction, which has ended without a single megawatt, go to photovoltaics, UNEF has indicated that it will file a complaint with the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission, understanding that the bid did not comply with the principle technological neutrality. "They do not allow us to demonstrate our competitiveness."

In this auction, the wind power could make a maximum discount on the investment to be made of 66,01%, while the photovoltaic could discount a 59,84% on the investment to be made. The rest of the technologies could make a discount of almost 100%.


The Forestalia Group was born in Zaragoza in 2011, the result of a long business career previous in the promotion of renewable energies, especially in energy crops and wind energy since 1997.

It currently has energy crops in Spain, France and Italy; build the largest pellet mill and splinter of the country in Erla (Zaragoza); promotes biomass electricity generation plants in Aragon, the Valencian Community and Andalusia, and various wind farms, especially in Aragon.

biomass energy from the remains of forest elements

On January 14, 2016, the Forestalia Group was the largest winner of the auction of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism for the allocation of the specific remuneration scheme to new facilities for the production of electricity from wind and biomass technology. In wind energy, the Forestalia Group was awarded 300 MW, of the 500 MW auctioned; and in biomass, it obtained 108,5 MW of biomass, out of the 200 MW auctioned.

The emergence of the Forestalia Group in the energy market will produce very positive effects: Forestalia is committed to an open, competitive, transparent market, high efficiency, lower costs and, ultimately, more benefits in prices for the consumer

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