ACOGEN pide al nuevo gobierno prioridad para la cogeneración

Madrid, November 17, 2016.-


 Calls for the regulation to start the Renove in the first quarter of 2017 before the end of the year

·          Spanish cogeneration plants have been waiting for a Renewable Plan for months, in which 52% of the installations ( 2,675 MW of cogeneration) would invest in 370 industrial plants over 1.4 billion euros in four years, if the regulatory context is adequate. This plan will save up to 1% of the country's total primary energy, with an associated cost for the electricity system of less than 50 million euros per year, boosting competitiveness and employment.


·          Cogenerators want to place energy efficiency as a priority on the political agenda of economic, environmental and social development. And for this, they also propose to realize 50% of the potential of new cogeneration detected in Spain for the year 2030 -1,550 MW in buildings and 250 MW in the industry- to comply with the European commitments of energy saving and action for the climate.  


·          The energy-intensive industry that manufactures with cogeneration accounts for 20% of the national industrial GDP - of these products more than 50% are exported - with around 25,000 million turnover and 200,000 direct associated jobs.


·          In Spain, there are some 695 cogeneration plants in operation, which represent a capacity of 4,600 MW. The forecasts indicate the cogeneration will finish the year with a production similar to the previous year, that is to say about 23,000 GWh. Despite the difficulties, cogeneration continues to generate 10% of the national electricity demand.


·          In the Spanish energy context, it is the time of industry that is efficient, competitive and committed to action for the climate. Cogeneration can be a key player in making more industry and moving towards circular economy, energy efficiency and decarbonization.

ACOGEN , Spanish Cogeneration Association, held this morning its 2016 Annual Meeting under the theme "Cogeneradores: do industry." President ACOGEN , Antonio Pérez Palacio, opened the Assembly highlighting the role of cogeneration in the energy efficiency of much of the Spanish industry and stated that "co - generators are industry and make industry, which is essential for the economy of our country" . 

After the energy reform, the profitability of the plants is practically zero and cogeneration competes in the electric market in difficult conditions and with great technological and management challenges. Currently, there are some 695 cogeneration plants in operation, which represent a capacity of 4,600 MW. The forecasts indicate that this year the cogeneration will close with a production similar to the previous year, that is to say about 23,000 GWh.

Despite the difficulties, cogeneration continues to generate 10% of the national electricity demand. C on cogeneration 20% of industrial GDP Spanish is manufactured, which is about 25,000 million turnover and over 200,000 direct jobs in enterprises food, chemical, paper, ceramics, textiles, automotive, refining and so on , in the That this integrated technology in the industry acts as a tool for competitiveness, energy efficiency and climate action.

The regulatory development that prompts the Renewable Cogeneration Plan

The energy reform has led to a significant reduction in the use of cogeneration in industry, while the cogeneration park continued to age without the potential for renewal and new plants still available in our country. For ACOGEN it is time to place cogeneration within national policies and in line with European ones, so that it is taken into account as a tool for a future associated with the new circular economy, the axis of industrial competitiveness and also of The most efficient solutions for the energy supply of cities.

ACOGEN hopes that in the coming months, the new Government will prioritize the implementation of pending regulatory developments and, above all, the Renove Plan for the technological renewal of 2,675 MW of cogeneration between 2017 and 2020, which will boost investment Associated with efficiency, competitiveness and decarbonization.


More than 52% of Spanish cogenerations are committed to investing in their renewal, implementing the best available technologies to renew plants and make them more efficient and flexible. In 4 out of 10 industrial plants with cogeneration, this is the only technology available to be able to manufacture; They have no other way of producing the steam or heat they need and urgently need to renew the facilities to continue operating efficiently and to participate successfully in the energy markets. The future of cogeneration in Spain involves new and strong investments by the industries, which would add about 1.4 billion euros over four years.

ACOGEN demands that the Renove be approved in December

In the Assembly ACOGEN , the general manager, Javier Rodriguez, stressed the urgent need to implement the Renove, that e t is contained in the Law 24/2013 on the Electricity Sector in Additional Provision Twenty, and is outlined in Proposition Not of Law approved in the Committee of Industry, Energy and Tourism of the Congress of the Deputies the 28 of April of 2016.

Regulatory changes ACOGEN requested, and that would make these strong industrial investments in some 370 plants, would boost energy efficiency and competitiveness, consumption, security of supply and distributed generation.

The cogenerators ask for regulatory advances so that the regulation is based on the primary energy savings associated to the high efficiency cogenerations; That the competitive supply of heat to the cogeneration industries is made viable, the self-consumption toll is eliminated indefinitely and the recognition of the power and availability guarantee provided by high-efficiency cogeneration is recovered. And beyond, we promote the evolution of electric tolls for distributed generation.

President ACOGEN said that " it would be expected that the government proceeds to changes in the next month in the revision under the Order of compensation, which shall apply from early 2017 to late 2019, to recover a reasonable remuneration system that prime Efficiency, making viable the competitive supply of heat to the cogeneration industries and basing the regulation on the primary energy savings, like our European competitors .


Among the proposals ACOGEN it is also the indefinite removal of toll consumption, by a modification of RD 900/2015, as well as promote the development of gas market to be MIBGAS reference price of natural gas in its activity in Spain.

Cogenerators are committed to participating in and succeeding in the energy markets and their developments, both in the electrical power markets and in the future capacity markets, as in the case of natural gas, since cogeneration accounts for 25% of the gas Which is consumed in the country and produces 10% of electricity. Cogeneration saves Spain imports of 18 million barrels of oil per year. 

ACOGEN calls for structural changesIn the political agenda of a State Pact for Energy that allows the modification of the Law of the Electricity sector, to achieve the development of markets and the evolution of network tariffs. The proposals of the cogenerators would introduce structural changes with wide repercussions in the energy markets, to develop a market of capacity where the cogeneration participates along with the other thermal technologies, and new network tariffs for the proximity energy that take into account the origin Where electricity is produced and the destination where it is consumed.


All these changes would make the energy system decidedly advance to a model of distributed generation and greater efficiency, with the necessary acknowledgments to the guarantee of power and availability through the development of markets. These are structured and orderly modifications that would make possible the Cogeneration Roadmap 2017-2020 that will benefit hundreds of industries throughout the Spanish territory and the energy, electricity and gas systems.


Energy and competitiveness of the business sector

Following the interventions of the president and the general director of ACOGEN , marked by the start of a new investment cycle and the urgency of regulatory changes, for which the sector offers its full cooperation to the Government, the Assembly was attended by Guillermo Ulacia , President of the Industry and Energy Commission of CEOE, who spoke with Javier Rodríguez about the Energy and Competitiveness proposals of the business sector.

Ulacia stressed that the business proposals for a pact of energy and competitiveness in Spain are "the necessary step for a new energy model that will change the trend of industrial desertification and impel us to a new reindustrialization ." Javier Rodriguez highlighted the coincidence of the document of the CEOE with the objectives of cogeneration.


Cogeneration in the circular economy of energy


The technical director of ACOGEN , Virginia Guinda, presented vectors future of cogeneration in the field of circular economy. He said that the renewal of cogeneration involves a commitment to the circular economy as an axis of competitiveness in the industry and involves investing in the best technologies available to improve energy efficiency. The renewal of 2,675 MW of cogeneration for the supply of heat and electricity in 370 industries improves utilization of fuel by 20% and reduces residual heat by almost 60%. The saving that will mean the Renove comes from the additional cost that would suppose to dispense with the cogeneration and to have to produce what it generates by means of conventional technologies.

For Guinda , "cogeneration brings us closer to the European objectives of efficiency and climate, and is based on deploying the vision of the circular economy in the energy supply side of industries and cities." In Spain, energy efficiency targets committed to Europe require significant annual increases in primary energy savings. The improvement of the energy efficiency for the supply of industries and cities has a great opportunity in the development of new cogenerations. There is a potential of 3,600 MW of new efficiency opportunities with cogeneration and it would be reasonable to develop 50% of that potential identified until 2030, some 250 MW in industry and 1,550 MW in the tertiary sector.


Cogenerador de Honor 2016


The Assembly was closed with the presentation of the "2016 Honor Cogenerator", an award that recognizes the work in support of cogeneration, which this year has been awarded to Ismael González for his more than 30 years of professional experience linked to cogeneration and Cogeneration industries. Doctor Industrial Engineer, has been professor of the Technical School of Industrial Engineering of Madrid and in his long professional career he has worked in CEPSA, Explosives Rio Tinto, has been president of the Energy Committee of Feique and was part of the Energy Committee of the Council European Federation of Chemical Industry Federations. When it was set up in 1986, the Association of Self-producers of Electric Power, AAEE, was appointed general manager and later general secretary and president. He was a member of the Electricity Market Agents Committee, the Electricity Advisory Board of the National Energy Commission (CNE) and the Hydrocarbons Consultative Council of the National Energy Commission (CNE). It is, since its establishment, advisor ACOGEN and other institutions and industries.

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