The Third Vice President of the Government and Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, will meet tomorrow with the spokespersons of the parliamentary groups with the aim of finishing designing the contingency plan for energy security.
The meeting, which will be held in the afternoon at the headquarters of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, is part of the new round of contacts that the Government is carrying out with the main sectoral, social, political and civil society to promote this strategy.
In this sense, Ribera has already held several meetings since last Friday, of which the ministry is not providing details, waiting to have ready the plan that will be sent to the European Commission throughout the month of September within the strategy community to deal with the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Specifically, the vice president began the round of contacts on August 26, through a meeting with the CEO of Enagás (BME: ENAG ), Arturo Gonzalo Aizpiri, who was joined on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, by the president of Redeia , Beatriz Corredor, and the Executive Chairman of Naturgy (BME: NTGY ), Francisco Reynés.
This Wednesday, Ribera held further meetings with the CEO of Iberdrola (BME: IBE ), José Ignacio Sánchez Galán, as well as with spokespersons for the Spanish Gas Association (Sedigas) and the Association of Electric Power Companies (Aelec), of which Iberdrola, Endesa (BME: ELE ) and EDP (ELI: EDP ) are part.
The objective of these talks is to analyze the situation and collect proposals that help Spain reduce its gas consumption, in accordance with the commitment made in the European framework.
In the middle of last July, the Government already asked companies, social agents and consumers for contributions and suggestions to review its current contingency plan in the face of a foreseeable energy crisis in Europe, as the European Union has demanded from the Member States.
Specifically, they were asked for proposals in three areas: energy saving and efficiency, maximum acceleration of gas substitution through electrification, and solidarity measures with other European countries.
As explained by Ribera, the Government’s intention is to have a “solid, broad and consensual” plan, for which it is already receiving proposals from the autonomous communities, as is the case of the Basque Country, the Balearic Islands, Navarra and Catalonia.
The contacts take place in a context marked by the energy instability that Europe is suffering, with the price of electricity and gas skyrocketing throughout the continent due to the possibility that during the coming winter there will be a total cut in the supply of Russian gas. .
Faced with this possibility, and seeing the record values set by the wholesale electricity markets throughout Europe, the Commission has announced that it is working on an “emergency intervention” and on a structural reform of the electricity market.