Renewable energy plans grind to a halt

Millions of euros of investment into generation plants could be lost

Large electricity pylons, though unsightly, are currently the most used solution to meet energy demands

By David Jackson

Firm plans to construct at least three large renewable energy plants across the Almanzora valley worth millions of euros are on hold because the central government will not commit to building a new overhead power line between Vera and Granada, according to the Junta de Andalucía.

The regional ministry of business said the national ministry of energy is unable to grant permission for the new generating installations because of a lack of capacity to carry the electricity away.

The Junta said it had submitted technical documentation required by the national ministry on August 1 this year, but it warned that unless firm assurances of being able to connect to the national grid were given, the private investment would most likely be taken elsewhere.

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