The president of Iberdrola, Ignacio Sánchez Galán, announced in the framework of the start of the COP25 or Summit on Climate Change that will be held starting tomorrow in Madrdi, that the energy company will close its last two coal plants in the world, located in the north of Spain, and will replace them with last generation wind and solar energy.
Specifically, Iberdrola has proposed to the Ministry of Energy the closure of the plants of Lada (Asturias) and Velilla (Castilla y León), instead building 420 megawatts of wind and photovoltaic energy in the Velilla area and four wind farms in the Lada area, which would total about 130 MW.
«For us the energy transition began 20 years ago, it is not a thing now. We take the Kyoto Protocol seriously and we begin to do all the things necessary for that transition to be fair so that those people who could be affected ”, Galán stressed this Sunday in the framework of the start of COP25.
This closure will not affect employment since Iberdrola will relocate 100% of the workforce, which will be used for the dismantling of both plants, which will be extended for four years from the date of approval of closure by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, as in other renewable facilities of the company.
«We have been creating thousands of jobs for people in future technologies at the same time that we were closing our plants, ”said Galán. In particular, Iberdrola will have closed in 15 years a total of 17 coal and fuel oil thermal power plants in different countries, "And there has not been a single social or trade union problem," said Galán.
Iberdrola has invested only in Spain more than 25,000 million euros, primarily intended for the deployment of clean energy, the development of storage technologies and to promote a more robust and intelligent electricity distribution network with the aim of integrating more renewable and more distributed resources. These investments have generated more than 80,000 jobs in the country, according to Iberdrola.
"We must continue, this is everyone's subject", said Galán, who has congratulated himself that "now everyone" wants to bet on green energy.
In this regard, the head of Iberdrola has added that "I am very happy that suddenly everyone wants to become green" and He has declared himself "delighted" by this situation after a struggle of several decades "try to make this planet greener and leave the best planet to future generations."
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