SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, September 29 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Today, Friday, the Cabildo of Tenerife has agreed on a series of measures to urge the Government of Spain to guarantee the electricity supply on the island, an agreement that has been approved institutionally by all groups of the island Corporation during the Ordinary Plenary Session and that It includes a total of 13 actions with the aim of promoting security and continuity of supply in Tenerife.
The institutional agreement includes urging the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge to authorize, for emergency reasons, the installation of 80 MW of additional conventional electricity generation on the island of Tenerife or those that are necessary according to the reports of the Government of the Canary Islands and the operator. of the system to maintain security of supply within the operating limits from generation that is operational beyond its useful life.
Another of the agreements included in the motion is to urge the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge to promote before the Council of Ministers in office a Royal Decree-Law of urgent reform of Law 17/2013, of October 29, for the guarantee of supply and increase of competition in insular and extra-peninsular electrical systems, which establishes a transitional regime for the renewal of generation equipment to guarantee the security and continuity of the electrical supply on all the islands of the Canary Archipelago.
Furthermore, the Plenary Session of the Cabildo urges the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge to comply with Law 17/2013, to guarantee the supply and increase competition in insular and extra-peninsular electrical systems, urgently calling for a public tender to the renewal of the island’s electrical systems and, thus, facilitate the implementation of new energy generating operators in compliance with European regulations that require open and competitive competition.
In turn, it is agreed to urge the General Directorate of Energy Policy and Mines of the Government of Spain to approve a new automatic load shedding plan for non-peninsular territories.
Within this regulatory framework and in its development, the agreement provides for remuneration for the adoption of temporary and extraordinary measures to guarantee security of supply in accordance with the provisions of article 59 of Royal Decree 738/2015, of July 31, that regulates the activity of electrical energy production and the dispatch procedure in the electrical systems of non-peninsular territories.
Likewise, the Plenary agrees to promote the reversible hydraulic power plant project in Tenerife to guarantee the storage necessary for the stabilization of the island’s electrical system, for the management and use of surplus renewable energy production and the possibility of increasing the installed power and to reduce electrical supply security risks.
Improve and modernize the electricity distribution network through investments that guarantee the efficiency of the system when incorporating all the additional renewable capacity that is intended to be introduced into it, in line with the RePowerEU objectives to replace fossil fuels and achieve the zero emissions within the EU objectives is another of the agreements reached within the institutional motion reached today in plenary.
Likewise, another of the agreements is to give specific treatment to the Canary Islands in the update of the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan 2023-2030 (PINIEC), recognizing the vulnerability of isolated electrical systems and the need to establish specific measures to reduce it. such as the development criteria of generation and transportation systems, construction, design and logistics.
It is also required to have in the Canary Islands a stock of the necessary material that allows us to face contingencies by undertaking the corresponding repairs to the generation and transportation infrastructures in a guaranteed time.
Another point included in the agreement is to urge the central government and the Government of the Canary Islands to implement the use of Natural Gas in the Combined Cycle plant to replace Gas Oil and Fuel Oil, both for environmental and economic reasons, as well as to extend the useful life of energy generation equipment, this being the transition fuel that is used until the decarbonization process is completed through the use of clean energies such as renewable energy, green Hydrogen or other sources such as electricity. Geothermal.
The Plenary agrees to activate the Technical Committee for Monitoring the Operation of the Canary Islands Electrical System (CTSOC) made up of the Government of the Canary Islands, the Cabildo of Tenerife through ITER and system operators with the objective of analyzing compliance with the committed investments, the delays of these, of the projects to be executed and the possible consequences that may be generated. You may make proposals to benefit the simplification of legislation and the processing of infrastructure projects.
At the same time, Red de Eléctrica de España (REE) is urged to complete the works and put into service by 2025 the new interconnection and electrical link between Tenerife and La Gomera, which will increase the guarantee of electricity supply, avoid such an isolated electrical system and will facilitate the integration of new energies into the grid.
Finally, it is agreed to transfer these agreements, in addition to the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, to the Government of the Canary Islands so that – in the exercise of its statutory powers – it can promote compliance with them to the Government of Spain as a guarantee of the continuity and security of the electricity supply on all the islands of the Canary Archipelago.