Throughout 2016, wind power was the second source of electricity generation in Spain. In February, wind power was the largest source with a share of 30.2%.
The Energy Planning of the Government, which committed to install about 6,400 MW of new wind capacity and invest about 7.5 billion EUR (8.51 billion USD) to meet European targets for 2020, is delayed.
The Spanish wind sector installed only 38 MW during 2016 . In a February auction, 500 MW of wind power capacity was allocated in contracts with no subsidy over the market price. A second call was approved with new contractual parameters for 450 MW planned for the Canary Islands after allocating only 15 MW in the first call. In 2017, industry will publish auction conditions for another 3,000 MW of wind power capacity.
National investments for wind related R&D totaled 85.5 million EUR (90 million USD) in 2016.