Spain: closing down energy-intensive firms during consumption peaks is an option

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Spain’s Industry Minister Maria Reyes Maroto arrives to attend the first cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo

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MADRID, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Spanish Industry Minister Reyes Maroto said on Monday obliging energy-intensive companies to close down during consumption peaks is an option on the table this winter if required.

The companies would be compensated financially, she said in an interview with Spanish news agency Europa Press, adding there is no need to impose such closures now.

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Reporting by Inti Landauro; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne

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