Twins heading Spanish energy ministry

Daniel Pérez, attorney at Holtrop S.L.P, told PV Tech that the industry will be relieved that Alberto Nadal was not appointed minister. Flickr: fdecomite

Twin brothers are now running Spain’s energy ministry with the surprise appointment of Alvaro Nadal as the new Spanish energy minister.

Formerly director of the economic bureau of the president, Alvaro Nadal takes charge of the country’s energy policy over and above his twin brother Alberto Nadal, who will remain in his current role as secretary of state for energy. However, Alberto may still be moved to another position as Spain’s new government takes shape over the next two weeks.

Spain has been without a government since last year, but has allowed for a minority government ruled by the conservative Partido Popular party to finally take over. The new government could see in major utility-scale renewables tenders and the surprise repeal of the infamous ‘Sun Tax’ on self-consumption.

Daniel Pérez, attorney at Holtrop S.L.P, told PV Tech that the industry will be relieved that Alberto was not appointed minister, “because he has something personal against renewables”.

Perez added: “Anyone apart from him is better. That’s important. Most associations will say that this guy is against renewables.”

Alvaro Nadal was not part of the severe cutbacks against solar seen over the last few years even though he was advising president Mariano Rajoy and would have been aware of the policies, said Perez. Alvaro Nadal also has a reputation for being more open to dialogue than his twin brother. It will now be up to Alvaro to choose whether to keep his twin as secretary of state for energy or not and this could signal whether the previous anti-renewables politics will be maintained of upheaved.

Most commentators in Spain expect Alberto to be moved to another post, added Perez.

Spanish solar association (UNEF) general director José Donoso, said: “The solar sector is not asking the Government to put in place special conditions or treatment for renewable energy. It is asking not to place obstacles to the development of this clean technology, which is experiencing a remarkable growth at international level.”

This article has been updated to include comment from UNEF.

Read Next

September 28, 2022
Queensland gets about 21% of its energy from renewables, but the state government has just set an increased target of 70% renewables by 2032.
September 27, 2022
Greek developer Mytilineos has completed third-party engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts on a backlog of solar PV projects in Chile, Uzbekistan and Spain.
September 27, 2022
The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) has been relaunched to advise policymakers and promote the uptake of solar across Europe.
September 26, 2022
Plenitude, a renewables subsidiary of oil major Eni, has partnered with IPP Infrastrutture to develop 1.5GW of solar PV and wind projects in Italy and Spain.
PV Tech Premium
September 23, 2022
Plans for a temporary revenue cap on solar PV assets across the European Union (EU) could dent investor confidence in renewables, experts have warned, amid concerns that individual member states may be able to set lower caps specific to different technologies.
September 22, 2022
Parts of a new US energy permitting bill that aim to accelerate the construction of transmission infrastructure have been welcomed by trade association ACORE.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
October 4, 2022
New York, USA
On-Demand Webinars, Solar Media Events
October 11, 2022
Virtual event
Upcoming Webinars
October 18, 2022
10am (EDT) / 4pm (CEST)