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Renewables / Wind Farms
Radio Sintonia:

The Cabildo goes to court to stop wind farms that bypass planning in the general interest.

The contentious-administrative measure is adopted after several previous requests to the Government of the Canary Islands without receiving any response

Lola García: "They intend to riddle Fuerteventura under the justification of the general interest, skipping the planning and causing irreversible damage to our island. And we can't allow that."

Wednesday, November 29, 2023.-

The Cabildo of Fuerteventura has initiated the procedure to file contentious-administrative appeals against nine resolutions of the Government of the Canary Islands that authorise energy infrastructures by the exceptional means of general interest. A tool that, according to the island's president, Lola García, "allows companies to freely install wind and photovoltaic farms wherever they please, skipping planning and causing a brutal impact on our territory".

Lola García explains that "as soon as we joined the Cabildo, we reviewed the projects authorized in this way, concluding the reports that there is no justified reason of urgency or exception to apply the route of general interest. Quite the opposite. We see how it is used systematically so that companies skip planning for their own benefit, without respecting the interests of Fuerteventura". "You can't use the justification of the general good to favour multinationals to the detriment of society, and this is what the Government of the Canary Islands is doing right now."

For this reason, "last September we warned the Government of the Canary Islands with a series of prior requirements. They had a month to respond and we have not been listened to, so we went to court to try to stop this outrage. We are not going to stop until the voice of society and the institutions of Fuerteventura is respected," García continues.

Lola García points out that "from the Cabildo of Fuerteventura we are totally in favour of renewable energies. However, we cannot talk about clean energy if it causes serious damage to our territory and our landscape, which is our most precious asset. What we are demanding is that the installations are always made in a way that is compatible with the defense of the island and that our singularities are taken into account."

Likewise, the president of the island and the Minister of Territorial Planning, Nereida Calero, show their concern about the intention of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Energy of the Government of the Canary Islands to continue using the figure of general interest for energy planning on the island. Nereida Calero points out that "we are concerned that in the last meetings we have had with the Minister and the Deputy Minister, they reiterate their commitment to continue using this route. We have asked them for institutional loyalty, to let us organize and do things well, because Fuerteventura is not a laboratory for installing projects in an uncontrolled way and damaging our territory irreversibly. Precisely what they are doing is going against the true general interest," Calero concludes.
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Radio Sintonia:

11 renewable electricity generation projects in Fuerteventura will receive funding from the State.

The Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) has allocated, through the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE), 84.86 million euros from the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR) to 51 renewable electricity generation projects in the Canary Islands. The Support Programme places particular emphasis on initiatives linked to energy storage and grid security, and facilities with renewable hydrogen production are also subsidised. The relevant resolution can be found here.

The selected projects will expand storage capacity in the archipelago by 186 MWh, installed renewable capacity by 92.4 MW and green hydrogen production by another 6 MW. Of the 51 successful proposals, 30 are in Gran Canaria and the rest in Fuerteventura (11), Tenerife (8) and La Gomera (2).

TRANSITION The selected projects are particularly committed to the incorporation of storage systems, either in existing, repowered or technologically renovated facilities, or in new renewable generation facilities. Given the characteristics of the islands, their status as isolated grids makes it possible to evaluate and demonstrate the potential of storage as an axis for the integration of renewable energies to achieve a 100% decarbonised system.

In addition, these grants seek to promote the deployment of photovoltaic installations in anthropized areas and the production of green hydrogen.

In addition to assessing innovation and economic factors, other criteria have also been taken into account when awarding the aid, such as citizen participation, environmental renovation measures that protect ecosystems, social and gender impact, and industrial and economic impact on the territory.

This aid, included in Component 7, Investment 2 "Sustainable Energy in the Islands", of the RTRP, will cover between 40% and 75% of the investment made.

The singularities of the electricity systems in non-peninsular territories, derived from their isolated nature and small size, make it difficult to integrate electricity production from renewable energy sources. The electricity demand on the islands is mostly covered by fossil-based thermal technologies, with the share of renewable sources still modest.

For this reason, component 7 of the RTRP – Deployment and integration of renewable energies – defines a specific investment, C7. I2 – Sustainable Energy on the Islands – which marks as a key milestone the development of clean energy in these territories, with a specific budget for projects to integrate renewable energies into island systems to boost firm power and security of supply, while reducing dependence on fossil fuels and their corresponding energy cost overruns.
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