Renewable energy

Renewable energy

22/01/2014 | Víctor Cantín Zaldívar (Alumno UC)

This text is about the development of renewable energy in Spain and its importance in the economy.

In 2009 in Spain, the renewable energy only involved the 9.4% of all energy consumed, the most important renewable energy in this year were: wind power, solar power and hydraulic power with 51%, 8% and 36% respectively. In 2012, wind power, solar power and hydraulic power succeeded in producing the 32% of the total energy. Wind power satisfied 18% of the energy demand.

Because of climate change, hydraulic energy generation is being reduced and the solar energy is rising at an extreme pace because the country is drying out. Also, the way to generate hydraulic energy is changing because the energy that waves make in the sea is more consistent and reliable than that found in rivers or dams.

According to the Spanish government, the investment of renewable energy has completely stopped. In my opinion, this is a stupid idea because if we invest in this energy by building an enormous solar park in South of Spain in places like Almeria, Murcia, etc., foreign energy dependence will decrease. Also, some companies are investing to build wind parks at sea or in the mountains because the wind is stronger than on other parts of the earth.

Spain is also involved in the development the nuclear fission but, because of the crisis, this project is stopped or the activity is minimal.

In conclusion, Spain could be a renewable energy country and shouldn´t permit the buying nonrenewable energy from other countries. The government should encourage renewable energy use in multinational electric companies as well as domestically. In the beginning, this investment will be less cost-effective but in the long run, the profits will be enormous because the country will reduce its energy costs and will sell the excess energy making the environment will be better for our children.

Nota: Este artículo ha sido elaborado por Víctor Cantín Zaldívar, alumno de la Universidad de Cantabria, como una de las actividades enmarcadas dentro del programa de capacitación lingüística, dando su permiso para la publicación del mismo en FxM.

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