Spanish wind energy and its association change cloak. The wind power sector is growing rapidly and represents a considerable resource for the government in the fight against global warming. According to the British company BP, global wind power generation will account for 429.6 TWh in 2019, or 5.3% of total electricity production. TheSpanish wind energy association AEE defends the growing Iberian ecosystem.
Spanish wind energy welcomes a new leader
On July 8, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Spanish Wind Energy Association appointed Juan Diego Diaz Vega as President of AEE. He replaces José Lopez Tafall Bascunana, who stepped down last February. Bascunana having meanwhile been appointed Managing Director of the National Association of Car and Truck Manufacturers.
A manager with 27 years’ experience
Juan Diego Vega is a man of experience in the field of renewable energies, especially wind power. He began his career as an engineer with ICAI and IDE. He then joined Siemens Gamesa in September 2001, where he held various management positions. These include business development, construction, promotion, solar, offshore and marketing. He has also been able to manage control systems for renewable energies and hybrid systems.
A commitment to the environment
The new Chairman is also a man devoted to the environment, and has been a fervent supporter of wind power for many years. He has been a board member of WindEurope, the European Wind Energy Association and the Global Wind Energy Council. Before taking up his new post, he was vice-president of the Spanish Wind Energy Association.
Towards sustainable, green energy
For Juan Diego Diaz Vega, wind power is one of Spain’s fundamental economic and environmental pillars. According to the new president’s forecasts, the sector will stand out greatly in the coming years.
“Wind power is a fundamental element in the Spanish energy mix, with multiple benefits that make it essential to bet on its activity as one of the instruments for reviving the Spanish economy. The strength of the Spanish wind power sector gives us optimism and confidence that it will be one of the sectors that stands out in the coming years for its contribution to Spain’s economic recovery”.
According to Invertia magazine, the AEE association and its associates welcomed the new president with open arms. His experience, skills and commitment to wind energy make him an important asset to the company.
“At AEE, we will work intensively with all stakeholders to affirm the importance of wind energy as a commitment to sustainable development, quality employment, local wealth generation, a complete and competitive value chain, resilience and financial strength, technological leadership and first-class international positioning.”
The basis for achieving ecological objectives
The new chairman is appointed at a crucial time for the sector. Now we need to lay the foundations for achieving our ecological objectives. These are set out in Spain’s National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030 for wind power. These achievements would enable Spain to meet part of their decarbonization targets.
“The coming years are transcendental and strategic for the future of the European economy and progress towards the 2030 decarbonization targets. The targets set out in the PNIEC indicate an annual increase in wind power capacity of 2,200 MW until 2030, which will be possible thanks to a highly competitive sector with the entire value chain located in Spain.”
Spain’s wind energy association thus welcomes a new leader, invested in the environmental cause, but also a network man who will be keen to deliver on his campaign commitments.