The PTCan-2030 energy transition plan


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The attention paid to three strategic objectives (9,10 and 11), to the set of possibilities derived from technological development, research and technology transfer, based on the singularities and capabilities of the Canary Islands in this field, is valuable.

Saturday, July 16, 2022, 09:30

document designated as draftwas presented by the Government of the Canary Islands last March and is the effort to position itself and contribute to general strategies (in the national and European space), focused in the same direction and in whose framework it is included, being also mandated to incorporate all the obligations that have been specified with the same purpose, both in the two aforementioned areas and in the international global context, which can be considered as a voluntary contribution.

487 document pages they constitute a very important exercise in the collection, ordering and elaboration of a wide range of information, constituting a reference documentary block of great value, both as a whole and in partial sectors in which it is also noteworthy and valuable in itself.

In a document of this type, it is important to carry out a double analysis, the easiest and most obvious, on the summaries of the intentions expressed by the authors and another on
additional interest and referencing about what could also be possible intentions and opportunities that are not fully or partially included in it.

In this case, the document makes an exercise of
overall summary by clearly identifying objectives, accompanied by proposals that, in some cases, reach surprising levels of detail that are understood to make sense to facilitate their development more quickly.

The central reference of the document is clearly and singularly explicit when defining a single 'Main Objective: Progress towards the total decarbonisation of the economy of the Canary Islands through action in the energy sector, which is responsible for 88% of greenhouse gas emissions.
Greenhouse gases produced in the archipelago'. There can be no objection or nuance to this objective and, without a doubt, the greatest possible social consensus is gathered in its environment.

This objective is developed in fourteen strategic ones (also very clearly defined), where what can be considered the greatest limitation of the document is confirmed, and that is that it is proposed exclusively as a tool to solve "a central and unique problem" completely ignoring the opportunity to use the
renewable and exploitable natural energy resources as the basis of a new industrial system, a factor for sustainable economic growth, a generator of energy autonomy and quality employment, with a high level of export, diversification and balancing of the Canarian economy.

At present, this is foreseeably the only possible way to reach or significantly approach the
full employment in the Canary Islands. Without Undoubtedly, it is possible to argue that this estimation is incipient and requires greater maturity (as it cannot be otherwise), which is absolutely true and has the consequence that it is not impossible to consider it as a central axis in this strategy or in any other with a purpose. and similar orientation. However, it should be subject to at least constituting it as a
"strategic objective" to add to the fourteen proposed in the PTECan-2030, when there is one such as strategic objective 8, which says: «Promote the creation of business models linked to the decarbonization strategy and, with it, the
regional green employment». whose potential as a business group would be basically irrelevant when compared to the widespread use as an exporting industrial sector of the production of renewable energies (EERR) from the Canary Islands.

On the other hand, the attention paid to
three strategic objectives (9,10 and 11), to the set of possibilities derived from technological development, research and technology transfer, based on the singularities and capabilities of the Canary Islands in this field.

It is important to highlight that the document is impregnated with
concern due to the impact of the legal-administrative constraints on the effective development of the necessary measures to achieve the planned and necessary objective, so perhaps it would be very useful to promote the consideration of all
administrative impacts as a single problem (of great complexity), but that must be faced and resolved together. As is widely known, a single problem of this nature can make all the partial solutions that can be reached in an administrative management process useless.

The strengthening of the electrical interconnection between the islands is gratifying, recovering as an objective the
Gran Canaria-Fuerteventura interconnectionwhich in planning until 2030 (with a vision extended to 2040), should include the Tenerife-Gran Canaria interconnection, which is undoubtedly the backbone of the Canarian electricity system that maximizes its capacity to incorporate and manage RES in the set and puts in value (in an extraordinary way), all the emerging storage systems and in particular the current Chira one and the equivalent that should be installed in Tenerife.

Three alternatives are presented in the document to achieve the planned objective, specifically quantifying two of them, the chosen one, is framed between the other two that are extreme enough to be unequivocally the best and most prudent in the established context. Accept that the chosen option has as its objective the breach of the
agreed limits for 2030 (by having to choose between an obviously unacceptable alternative and another in which the difficulty of obtaining sufficient resources to achieve it is clearly evident), is undoubtedly prudent, but it makes it desirable to try to look for more and/or different alternatives.

It is also collected with
great judgment and prudencethe need for the limits established as a result of technical characteristics of the industry at this time of programming, to be equipped with simple and clear review mechanisms, since, as has been shown in the past, technological development exceeds these limits faster than expected, ending up becoming a problem that can become dramatic, as has happened with the planning of aquaculture in the Canary Islands through the planning document

The document is good, it can be perfected and the time for planning is right, but great attention must be paid to deadlines. The effectiveness of a document like this can be completely lost or even become a bigger problem than the one it tries to solve, if it gets out of sync with the needs it is intended to serve. A clear example that can directly affect this
PTECan-2030 It is the planning of the marine space managed by the Central Administration, which is slowing down and subjecting the development of Blue Energy throughout the country and very specifically in the Canary Islands to unnecessary tension.

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