The Canary Islands will redouble energy saving with its own strategy

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The Minister of Ecological Transition, José Antonio Valbuena, considers that the situation is serious and "you cannot act with hot cloths"

B. Hernandez

B. HERNANDEZ The Gran Canarian palms

Canary Islands will take the measures
energy saving approved by the State for the national territory and will also prepare a
strategy fundamentally oriented to
self-consumption which will be approved after the summer.

This was stated this morning.
the Minister of Ecological Transition, José Antonio Valbuenaafter participating in a meeting between the
Ministry of Ecological Transition and the autonomous communities to analyze the
royal decree approved last week on containing the
energy consumption.

The meeting was called at the request of the
Madrid's community that, from the outset, refused to apply the measures announced by the
Minister Theresa Riberaarguing that it would harm commercial activity and tourism, as stated by the
popular leader, Isabel Díaz Ayuso.

The initiative approved by the
Counselor of Ministers It is also an "advance" of a more ambitious plan that is being drawn up with the different autonomous communities.

For Valbuena, the energy situation is «
serious enough« so that these measures, circumstantial as a result of the war in Ukraine, "become structural".

In this sense, he insists that the global energy problem "acquires ever greater magnitudes and that means that
the energy transition must be accelerated and increase the measures conducive to reducing consumption«.

The Minister of Ecological Transition, José Antonio Valbuena, indicated that the Canary Islands have commissioned an energy efficiency strategy "that goes beyond the royal decree" and includes the
island specificities.

These measures, which will be known after the summer, will be fundamentally aimed at
self-consumption.

In addition, he indicated that the administrations of the archipelago have been cutting off the electricity supply in public buildings for years from 7:00 p.m. -compared to 10:00 p.m. when this measure is applied on the peninsula- "and it will have to be accompanied of new initiatives.

With respect to
window offindicated that it is «
assumable because it is about turning off the light after 10 at night or when there is no one in the store” or regulating the temperature “without affecting thermal comfort”.

The situation "is so serious," said the counselor, "that
you cannot act with hot cloths»and understands that the measures must be "drastic".

The proposals presented by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, in his opinion "are not as harsh as the PP wants to make it appear and will not put commercial activity or tourism at risk."

criticized the position of
People's Party in this matter because the conservative communities "remained perfectly aligned in the demand to withdraw the royal decree without putting any measure on the table." understand that
what they do is «take advantage to politicize».

The royal decree law approved by the Government includes a set of energy saving measures for the sectors that have the greatest demand for electricity, which is, together with public administrations, commerce. The objective is
fulfill the commitment acquired by Spain with the European Union to reduce electricity consumption that comes directly from gas by 7%.

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