Policy Paper 106

Energy policy: European challenges, Spanish answers

As energy policies are experiencing many changes due for example to the change of electricity mix, the search for energy efficiency and the decarbonisation of economies, this Policy Paper analyses the Spanish energy policy within the EU context.

This Policy Paper aims to offer suggestions about energy policy in Spain. To do so, it first makes an analysis of policy objectives, targets and instruments from a theoretical point of view.

Once the main trends in Europe are described, the Policy Paper carries out an overview of the characteristics of the Spanish energy sector as well as of the evolution of the liberalisation process.

The last section of this Policy Paper suggests that the Spanish energy policy must be ambitious but flexible, focusing on some special aspects such as competitiveness, final demand and the need for a real liberalisation.