Spain: Government approves licence for Cofrentes NPP

25 March 2021

Spain’s Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Challenge Demographic (Miteco) said that it had approved a ministerial order granting the renewal of the operating authorisation for the Cofrentes NPP until 30 November 2030, the date set for its final closure. Miteco said the closure date is in line with the approved Protocol relating to the cessation schedule for operating Spanish NPPs and with the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (2021-2030).

This protocol envisages the orderly closure of the nuclear park between 2027 and 2035. The Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) in February issued a favourable opinion on the request for renewal of the authorisation submitted by plant owner, Iberdrola Generación Nuclear in March 2020.
In 2020 nuclear energy nuclear accounted for 22.2% of electricity production, followed by wind power with 21.7%, and gas combined cycle with 17.8% of the total.

In any case, what is really relevant is that in 2020 the production of energy free of carbon dioxide emissions in Spain reached 66.9% of the total . The Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan has set as a goal that 74% of all Spanish electricity production be of renewable origin by 2030.

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