According to the Ministry of Industry, the Committee for Monitoring and Control of the National Energy Efficiency Fund approved a budget of EUR 207 million intended for commissioning new lines of aids from the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism for projects of energy saving and efficiency, as well as to expand the budget for aids already existing in municipal outdoor lighting and performances in Industry, mainly SMEs.
The new lines of support will be to promote the improvement of energy efficiency throughout the water cycle on the one hand, and rail systems, on the other, to which it adds a third line, launched in 2015, to the energy refurbishment of buildings, endowed with 82 million euros.
These programs of direct aid and support for financing projects for energy saving and efficiency are enrolled within the framework of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency 2014-2020 and will allow Spain to meet savings targets derived from the Directive Energy Efficiency 2012/27/EU, and at the same time they will be an important stimulus for investment and the job.
The provision of these programs comes from the National Energy Efficiency Fund and the State Budget 2015, and may also be co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Operating Sustainable Growth Programme 2014-2020. Programs funded under the endowments’ 2014 and 2015 will generate equivalent to 320 ktoe/year (3,720 GWh/year) savings, which is a equivalent savings to the annual consumption of about 400,000 households.
The high number of applications for aids received has led to increase the budget, highlighting the need to give continuity to this model of promoting savings and energy efficiency.
Municipal outdoor lighting
The line of aids for city street lighting, initially funded with 36 million euros, is increased by 29 million euros. The line provides loans to an interest rate of 0.0% for renewal projects of municipal outdoor lighting installations (with a minimum of 300,000 euros and a maximum of 4 million) that allow to reduce energy consumption by at least 30%, achieve an energy rating of A or B, adjust lighting levels and adapt the facilities to the energy efficiency criteria of the Regulation on Energy Efficiency in Exterior lighting installations.
Another 66 million euros are added to the initial 49 budget. This line promotes the implementation of actions to reduce the final energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions through the implementation of projects of energy saving and efficiency in industry (both improving technology in equipment and processes and implementation of energy management systems), covering up to 30% of eligible cost.
This program, endowed with 8 million euros, remains in force without increasing the budget. It aims to encourage the implementation of plans for sustainable transport to work, improving the management of road transport fleets and conducting efficient driving courses for professionals (minimum 200 students).
The current program called PAREER-CRECE intended, with an endowment of 200 million euros, act in any type of buildings, improving the energy efficiency of the facades or the heating and lighting installations, and the replacement of conventional energy with solar thermal, biomass, aerothermal, geothermal or hidrotermia in the heating, air conditioning and sanitary hot water instalations. Energy rehabilitation actions can range from 30,000 to 4 million euros.
This line, which is the only one that includes both monetary contributions as loans, is compatible with aids for housing rehabilitation granted by the Ministry of Development through the Autonomous Regions.
In addition, the Committee for Monitoring and Control of the Fund has decided to approve a new line for energy rehabilitation of buildings, endowed with 82 million euros, which will be directed mainly to comprehensive measures in buildings owned by leasing companies, operators or energy services, of buildings or parks residential buildings or other uses which can not be accommodated in the current PAREER-CRECE program.
It is a new line, with a budget of 13 million euros, which will aim to improve energy efficiency in the rail sector through actions of energy recovery during braking of trains, improved energy efficiency in buildings of the stations, outdoor lighting of tunnels, galleries, sidewalks and parking lots, introduction of energy efficient technologies in signing and lighting, etc.
Beneficiaries may be public or private companies that own infrastructure, facilities and rolling railing stock, including also the metropolitan railway.