Saturday, August 13

The Government asks the energy companies for proposals for the contingency plan in the event of a supply cut by Russia

The Government has asked the energy companies for proposals to draw up a contingency plan for energy efficiency and savings in the face of a possible cut in gas supply by Russia for next winter. The Third Vice President of the Government and Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, held a long day of meetings this Thursday at the Ministry’s headquarters, where, in addition to representatives of the energy sector -Aelec (electric), Sedigas ( gas companies) and oil companies-, consumer and user organizations and social agents passed by.

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As indicated to Europa Press in sources in the sector, Ribera invited the representatives of the energy sector to transfer their proposals in three specific areas to draw up that plan: energy saving and efficiency, acceleration to the maximum of gas substitution through electrification and solidarity with other European countries.

The opinion of the different sectors was also requested regarding an order to consider those consumers that could be called priority in the necessary case of maintenance of the supply, such as hospitals, assistance services, essential industries, etc.

In the case of the electricity sector, they recalled that they have contributed and will continue to do so with energy saving and efficiency initiatives and highlighted their contribution to the decarbonization of the economy with significant investments that allow the country to advance in energy independence.

With these meetings, the Third Vice President of the Government seeks to assess the different scenarios of action in the face of a possible cut in gas supply by Russia. Last Monday, at a press conference after the Council of Ministers, Ribera already announced that “a round of communication” would be opened with all the actors in order to submit that plan to the Council of Ministers.

In this regard, he stated that the situation in Spain is “more flattering” than in other neighboring countries due, among other factors, to the diversification of its natural gas supply, the capacity of its regasification plants and some levels of underground storage (72%) and liquefied gas plant tanks (80%) at “historic highs”.

However, he underlined that this tense scenario makes it a situation of “relative calm”, so he opted for a plan to address the most intelligent possible use of energy, thus promoting energy savings and efficiency.

Likewise, he pointed out that this proposal should consider substituting the use of gas for other fuels wherever possible, as well as promoting the electrification of demand and the entry of more renewables.

European common strategy

The measures in this plan are part of the European Union’s strategy to deal with this possible gas supply cutoff by Russia. On July 21 it will be known if the Russians decide to restore the passage of gas to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, closed to address routine maintenance tasks.

A meeting of the leaders of the European Union is scheduled for July 26 in order to agree on a common strategy in the face of this possible cut in supply, based on the contingency plans that each member country must submit next week.