Rural Spain is less “electric” than urban Spain

The energy gap continues to be notable in our country: Rural Spain, which occupies more than 80% of the national land, has a level of electrification that is 15% lower than the average for the rest of the country.

This means that, although its territory serves as a space for the generation of renewable energy, Emptied Spain has a greater dependence on fossil fuels. Most clean energy is produced where it is least consumed.

Furthermore, this situation highlights the economic differences in these areas in which the household income level is 19% lower.

They are the data that the Rural Decarbonization Observatory, created by the CIDE collective in its latest results report that has been prepared by the auditing company Deloitte and which indicates that rural areas are being left behind in the energy transition.

Fewer electric cars

Also in terms of mobility. According to this same study, only 31% of rural environments have electrification and public charging infrastructure nearby. Gas stations, which are usually where these charging points are installed, are only present in 30% of Spanish municipalities.

This reason, together with high acquisition cost of electric vehiclesis one of the main barriers to clean mobility in rural Spain.

Another report, that of Charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Spain -made by Ecodes-, showed that, Although the charging network is growing, it is still insufficient in numbers for rural areas. In 2022, urban areas will get 1,500 new charging points, and main roads almost 700; However, rural areas barely gained 34 more points.