The outcome of the current electoral process in Spain is still uncertain. If the conditions for forming a government are not met, new general elections will have to be held in a few months’ time. This situation suspends major political decisions, including those concerning the country’s energy future.
This is an opportunity for us to talk to you about this major player in nuclear energy in Europe, which was one of the first countries to turn to this source of energy. Its history and situation. The role that nuclear energy is set to play, and the hopes raised by the reopening of the public debate on the other side of the Pyrenees.
In this Voices Newsletter, part of our series on the countries of the European Union, Guillem Sanchez Ramirez describes the crossroads Spain is facing.
The current challenge for the Spanish democracy is to find the path that will enable it to ensure the success of its energy transition, and first and foremost to free itself from fossil gas, for the sake of the climate, its own population and that of Europe.
The Voices Team
Nuclear power in Spain
By Guillem Sanchis Ramirez
Guillem Sanchis Ramírez holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics, and Master’s degrees in Applied Mathematics and Nuclear Engineering. He currently works in the nuclear power sector in Spain. Recently, he co-founded Econucleares, a pro-nuclear environmentalist group in Spain with the main goal of preventing the planned shutdown of Spanish nuclear power plants through public demonstrations and outreach.
- Spain has a population of just under 47.5 million, and has the world’s 15th economy by GDP, with 1.5 billion.
- Nuclear power meets about 21% of Spain’s electricity consumption, which in 2022 was about 250 TWh.
- Spain has a significant domestic nuclear industry, serving over 40 countries, including the fabrication of nuclear fuel.
- On the other hand, Spain is among the states in Europe whose fossil fuel use depends the most on imports, with 98%, much higher than the EU´s average of 73%.