Navarre govt eases red tape for wind farms with new decree

Author: Magnus Hagdorn.

May 9 (Renewables Now) - The government of the Spanish region of Navarre approved on Wednesday a new decree to regulate installations of wind farms under a simplified administrative process while providing legal security to developers.

The new regulation makes the general directorate for energy the one-stop shop for both developers of new wind farms and for those who want to revamp the existing ones. The energy body will handle all permits, environmental impact studies and consultations with public institutions and interested parties.

Projects that are currently awaiting approval will be automatically converted to applications for activities on non-developed land. In this case, the department for spatial planning will adapt the applications in line with the new decree. The decree will also confirm projects that have already completed the process under previous rules.

The Navarre government said that the new regulation is consistent with the region’s long-term objectives included in the 2030 Energy Plan. Navarre has set a target for 50% renewables in final energy consumption by 2030, according to the plan. For 2050, the goal is to have the entire energy supply covered by renewables.

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