The minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, will meet Wednesday with the Presidents of Castilla y León, Juan Vicente Herrera; Aragón, Javier Lambán, and Asturias, Javier Fernández, to deal with the just transition in the areas affected by the closure of power plants and coal mines.
The presidents of the three Autonomous Communities most affected by the closure of coal operations and plants that use this mineral as fuel to produce electricity, attend the meeting with the minister.
The Government is preparing a Just Transition Strategy for the mining regions and with nuclear power plants in the process of closing to avoid the impact on the economy, employment and population of the cessation of their activity in the areas where they live.
In Castilla y León, an autonomous community presided over by the popular Juan Vicente Herrera, the Anllares coal plant, located in Páramo del Sil (León) and owned 66.67% by Naturgy and 33.33% by Endesa Generación , has already authorized its closure.
In addition, Endesa requested last week the closure of the thermal plant of Compostilla, in Cubillos del Sil (Teruel), which has 160 direct employees, to which we must add those of the auxiliary companies.
Iberdrola has also requested the closure of the Velilla del Río Carrión thermal power plant (Palencia) last year.
The Leon region of El Bierzo, where the plants of Anllares and Compostilla are located, is also punished for the end of the exploitation of the coal mines and on December 16 more than 15,000 people demonstrated in the streets of Ponferrada ( León) to ask for a future for the region of El Bierzo that goes through the reindustrialization of the area.
In addition, in Castilla y León is the Santa María de Garoña nuclear power plant (Burgos), whose closure was authorized by the Government last year, and for whose area there will be a specific plan within the Just Transition Strategy, as indicated in last September the Government delegate in the region, Virginia Barcones.
In Aragon, chaired by the socialist Javier Lambán, Endesa has also requested the closure of the coal plant of Andorra (Teruel), which has 153 direct workers and on which depends largely on the economy and employment of that region.
Asturias, chaired by the socialist Javier Fernández, is the community most affected by the closure of coal mines whose companies have not returned on December 31 state aid received in the period 2011-2018.
Only the public company Hunosa, which has three operating wells in the central Asturian basin, has just under one thousand direct workers and 500 belonging to subcontractors.
Last week CCOO and SOMA-FITAG-UGT reached a principle of agreement with the company on the Hunosa industrial plan, which, according to these unions, ensures the employment of the workers contemplates the maintenance of the activity in the San Nicolás well and fixed a term of more than two years for the closing works of those of Carrio and Aller.
In Asturias there is also the coal power plant of Lada, owned by Iberdrola, which has requested its closure.
The meeting of the minister with the presidents of these three autonomous communities comes after the last Council of Ministers approved the decree-law of measures for the just transition of coal mining, which, in addition to early retirement, reduced incentives and a job bank, plans to allocate 100 million in 2019 to policies of just transition and fight against climate change in the affected areas.