The Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO, by its Spanish acronym) has published a public consultation for the preparation of a “Renewable Hydrogen Roadmap” as well as a “Storage Strategy”.
This call belongs to the Strategic Framework for Energy and Climate through the Integrated National Plan for Energy and Climate 2021-2020 (PNIEC, by its Spanish acronym). By launching this consultation, the Ministry intents to correctly identify the challenges and opportunities, as well as to design the most appropriate measures in key technologies and vectors for the achievement of energy and climate objectives, and take advantage of the opportunities for economic activity, employment and competitive industrial development that the energy transition may entail.
The MITECO, through its Strategic Framework for Energy and Climate, lays the foundations for the modernization of the Spanish economy, the creation of jobs, the positioning of Spain as a leader in clean energies and technologies that will dominate the next decade, the development of rural environment, the improvement of people’s health and the environment, as well as social justice.
Furthermore, the Integrated National Plan for Energy and Climate 2021-2023 (PNIEC) is one of its fundamental tools for the complete materialization of these objectives, that require specific strategies. It will allow the correct identification of challenges and opportunities, as well as the design of the most appropriate measures in technologies and key vectors for the achievement of the objectives in the field of energy and climate, as well as to take advantage of the opportunities for the generation of economic activity, employment and competitive industrial development that the energy transition may entail.
In the PNIEC, “Action 1.8 Promotion of renewable gases”, a few renewable energy carriers that can be uses both to generate electricity and to meet energy demand in high-temperature industrial processes and transport are identified. It is therefore considered necessary to draw up a Renewable Hydrogen Roadmap, which will address the potential of this energy vector for its various end uses.
The development of the “Renewable Hydrogen Roadmap” is necessary to achieve the objectives established in the Integrated National Plan for Energy and Climate, improving our competitiveness in the European and global context, and allowing us to achieve climate neutrality at a time when the climate emergency has been declared.
Similarly, in the PNIEC’s measure 1.2, “Demand management, storage and flexibility”, the need to develop different measures to reconcile the progressive penetration of renewable energies in electricity generation is analyzed, as it changes demand behaviour. In particular, the surplus electricity generated represents an opportunity that can be taken advantage of, with a complex storage system in which the conversion into hydrogen of potential discharges of electricity of renewable origin represents one of the technological paths. Among the action mechanisms indicated in measure 1.2 it also the development of a regulatory framework and the promotion of storage.
The development of a “Storage Strategy” is necessary to achieve the objectives established in the National Integrated Plan for Energy and Climate, so as to improve Spain’s competitiveness and to achieve climate neutrality.
For all the aforementioned reasons, the MITECO has considered it convenient to formulate a prior public consultation, simultaneously, so that the synergies between both initiatives can be exploited and contributions received and studied with an integrated approach.
The deadline for submitting allegations will be 15 days from the end of the current alarm state declared in Spain, in accordance with the third additional provision of the Royal Decree 463/2020 of 14 March, which establishes an alarm state for the management of the health crisis situation provoked by the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
Allegations must be submitted to:
- Submission of claims for the Prior Public Consultation for the ellaboration of the Renewable Hydrogen Roadmap:
- Submission of claims for the Prior Public Consultation for the development of the Storage Strategy: