The Governing Council has approved this Wednesday the decree that resolves the sanctioning procedure initiated against Red Eléctrica de España (REE) for the news blackout in Tenerife on June 15, 2020, and which carries a fine of 8 million euros.
Specifically, for the commission of a administrative infraction classified as very serious and provided for in Law 24/2013, of December 26, on the Electricity Sector (LSE).
That June 15, 2020 there was a zero voltage at the 66 kV substations in Granadilla, Polígono de Granadilla, Arona, Chayofa, Los Olivos and Guía de Isora, which lasted between 1:08 p.m. and 2:02 p.m., affecting a total of 149,970 subscribers.
In the investigation of the file, it is proven that Red Eléctrica de España, SAU, incurred in the following infraction classified as very serious in article 64.31 of the LSE: “The interruption or suspension of the supply without the mediation of the established legal or regulatory requirements or outside of the legal or regulatory provisions”.
In view of what was proposed by the instructor, it is considered that the sanction imposed, for an amount of 8,001,129 euros, is proportionate, considering that for very serious infractions the range indicated by article 67.1 of the LSE ranges from 6,000,001 and up to 60,000,000 euros.
Regarding the methodology followed in the resolution proposal, and given that there is no regulation that develops article 67.4 of the LSE in which it is indicated how the graduation criteria should be applied when imposing the amount of the sanction , indicates the Canarian Government that it is the instructor who is responsible for interpreting how to apply them.
Within that margin of appreciation that corresponds to it in the performance of its functions, the Government of the Canary Islands considers that its way of proceeding in the proposed resolution “is the most appropriate”