Faced with the current problem of social and environmental instability associated with the availability and production of energy, the potential of renewable energies is so great that it must be disseminated through training activities. Thus, year after year, the University of Santiago de Compostela collaborates in the development of specific summer courses on this subject.

The 2015 course, titled Renewable energies: small-scale production and directed by the Asociación Cidadáns polo Desenvolvemento-ACIDE, it had the collaboration of technicians in the field, where the presence of Juan Castro-Gil (National Association of Producers of Photovoltaic Energy-ANPIER), Nicolás Vázquez Iglesias (Instituto Enerxético de Galicia-INEGA) or Breogán Rodríguez Cepeda (Cluster Galego de Autoconsumo Enerxético-AGAEN).

The course structure has been developed by organizing the critical environmental situation in recent years based on absolute energy dependence. In this way, the causes and consequences of an exponentially growing and increasingly technological population have been formulated and the role that renewable energies play and, above all, can play as an optimal solution to this evolving wall.

Among all the ideas presented in the course, the Concept of carbon footprint generally ignored in the analysis of environmental processes, since the ultimate goal is sought without taking into account the previous fabrication several times. This can be seen in electric vehicles or windmills, where the environmental benefit depends on verifying your previous process. An example of this is the electric vehicle, where its degree of contamination will be a consequence of previous manufacturing processes and the origin of the energy used to charge the batteries.

During the course, the focus was on the current political and legislative situation in Spain, with an oligopolistic market which results in extreme profitability of electricity services provided by companies and disproportionate costs borne by users. In this area, the legislative model that the Spanish government is trying to promulgate in 2015 called solar tax, which would eliminate any possibility of self-consumption.

geothermal energy

Beyond the current context of solar and wind energy, geothermal energy has a sufficiently high development potential in Spain to rely on greater R & D & I investments and public subsidies, taking as an example the heating systems of the Nordic countries thanks to the use of the constant temperature of the basement.

Jornadas educativas como esta son necesarias y fructíferas para comprehension el por qué de la evolución actual de la sociedad e involucrar a la ciudadanía en la apuesta por medidas menos dañinas con el medio ambiente y que sólo favorecen a grandes empresas que se limitados de los recursos of nature.

Author: Diego Vilela Herranz. A graduate in business administration and management, I consider myself to be a person involved in the sustainability and interrelation of all actions carried out by humanity and their various repercussions beyond economic returns.