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Journal of Energy
Volume 2016, Article ID 8510527, 10 pages
Research Article

Overcapacity as a Barrier to Renewable Energy Deployment: The Spanish Case

1Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, C/Albasanz 26-28, 28037 Madrid, Spain
2Ecofys, Kanaalweg 15-G, 3526 KL Utrecht, Netherlands

Received 29 March 2016; Revised 17 May 2016; Accepted 25 May 2016

Academic Editor: Umberto Desideri

Copyright © 2016 Pablo del Río and Luis Janeiro. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Renewable energy sources (RES) play a critical role in the low-carbon energy transition. Although there is quite an abundant literature on the barriers to RES, the analysis of the electricity generation overcapacity as a barrier to further RES penetration has received scant attention. This paper tries to cover this gap. Its aim is to analyse the causes and consequences of overcapacity, with a special focus on the impact on RES deployment, using Spain as a case study. It also analyses the policies which may mitigate this problem in both the short and the longer terms.