Spain has signaled a further departure from its former anti-renewables stance by naming the ex-boss of a renewables developer as Secretary of State for Energy.
Seville-born José Domínguez Abascal, picked up the energy portfolio this month after having led one of Spain’s highest-profile renewable energy developers, Abengoa.
Abascal’s most recent job was as a professor at the University of Seville’s Engineering School, a post he has held since 1982. He also holds professorships at the Madrid Polytechnic and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria universities.
He entered politics in 2004 as General Secretary for Universities, Research and Technology in the Council of Andalusia, but in 2008 switched to an executive role leading renewables research at Abengoa, which at the time was basking in a government-funded solar boom.
Abascal remained at Abengoa for eight years, assuming the leadership of the company between September 2015 and February 2016.
During his tenure at the company, Abascal witnessed how lucrative handouts to Spanish renewable plant developers were hastily withdrawn after the global recession.