José Segura warns of the energy risks that the Canary Islands run

Electrical towers in Jinámar. / arcadio suarez

Regrets that no action has been taken after the energy zeros

José Segura Clavell regrets, in an article published this Sunday by CANARIAS7, that no action has been taken to correct the
energy deficiencies that the archipelago suffers.

In the article, which he signs in his capacity as a former socialist deputy, he recalls what happened with the
last energy zeros and how then it was already alerted to some structural weaknesses that required urgent action.

An excerpt from the article is reproduced below:

«The feeling I have is that little or nothing has changed on this earth in the last two years to take measures to avoid new energy zeros. The island of
Gran Canaria currently has a electrical power deficit of 120 megawatts, and Tenerife has another 80 megawatts (data made public by Red Eléctrica in a report from mid-2021), which has us in an unwanted emergency situation due to lack of power to meet demand. And both in Fuerteventura and La Palma, the non-capital islands that consume the most, there is enormous concern among those who know about their electrical systems due to their high weakness.

In La Palma, for example, the volcano further complicated a scenario that was already uncertain before it erupted, since
forced to enable emergency groups (13 megawatts of support in two plants to the north and east of the lava flows), but it continues to happen that there is no circular system (ring) and more than half of the island (and the eastern half, which is the one that consumes the most, also) could be left without power in the event of failure of the transmission line, which is the main power supply in that area. In La Palma, moreover, it is the case that there are active groups that have
50 years old.

My feeling is that not only has little been done, but that we are worse off, due to the technological aging of an already outdated system. Which means that the risk of repeating energy zeros is greater than it was two years ago.

José Segura Clavell, director of Casa Africa. /

arcadio suarez

And the solution is not only the responsibility of the operating companies (which they have, and a lot), both in generation and in transport, but also of the
political will of the administrationsto which it is up to modernize the current legislation so that all the technological advances that today make it more feasible to have safe and environmentally sustainable electrical systems can be applied in our Archipelago.

Having said that, I would like my message not to be read in a catastrophic way. There is work in progress that I can only applaud, such as the intention for the year 2040 of
turn the Canary Islands into an emission-neutral territory, that is, to become a great carbon sink. It is evident that, along these lines, our Archipelago can achieve its objectives by combining renewable generation actions that are complemented by modern storage systems.

And all of this, framed in the contents included in the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC) for the reduction of CO2 emission rates by conventional generation powered by
fossil energy by 50% by 2030 in relation to the Canary Islands.

On paper, it is a hopeful immediate future, in which wind farms will grow, more and more solar panels will be installed in houses and buildings, in schools, in public and private constructions, in industrial parks ... The thermal plants will work with green hydrogen, the cars will be electric, and perhaps we will finally be able to have geothermal energy generation... A truly exciting panorama, which finally outlines, and by 2040, the energy scenario that I have always defended , of which there is evidence in the diaries of sessions of the Cortes. That year, hopefully, the Canarian Community will be able to become the first Spanish community to achieve the decarbonisation of its territory.

The Canadian Strategy
climate action It constitutes an ambitious project with which I fully identify and for which the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Fight against Climate Change of the Government of the Canary Islands should be congratulated, always linking our universities in this important mission.

I am convinced that a theoretical "Canarian energy plan" must go through configuring and making conventional generation compatible through the use of renewable fuels (green hydrogen) that gradually displace those that have been used up to now and the
self-consumption consolidationwhich must be allowed to liberalize its surpluses, freely competing with the generation of renewable energies«.

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