The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, will defend on Tuesday in the Senate before the leader of the opposition, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, his proposals to define the energy saving strategy that Europe requires, for whose design The Executive maintains an intense agenda of meetings with the actors involved.
The face-to-face meeting between the two political leaders takes place in a context marked by the energy instability that Europe is suffering as a result of Western sanctions on Russia for the invasion of Ukraine, which has led the European Commission to ask the Member States to present their plans to reduce energy consumption with a view to winter.
In this sense, the Government validated a few weeks ago in Congress its energy saving plan, a package of measures that, despite having the opposition of the PP, has been limiting the regulation of thermostats in certain buildings and the turning off of shop windows since last August 10.
In addition, this week Sánchez announced the reduction of VAT on gas from the current 21% to 5% starting in October and at least until the end of the year, which, according to the Executive’s calculations, will allow families to save around 190 million euros during the entire application period, and between 5 and 10 euros per month, according to the Facua consumer association.
For its part, the PP – which had also advocated this VAT reduction on gas – has asked that the extension of the useful life of the nuclear power plants that exist in Spain be studied, and that the energy saving measures become obligations in the public sector and recommendations for the private sector.
RIBERA RESUMES THE ROUND OF CONTACTS
The Government will resume on Monday the round of contacts that it is carrying out with the main sectoral, social, political and civil society agents to promote the energy security contingency plan that it has promised to send to Brussels in the coming weeks.
Thus, the third vice president of the Government and minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, will meet on Monday with representatives of the industrial sector, in a meeting in which she will be accompanied by the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.
Since last August 26, Ribera and other senior officials from his ministry have met with the top leaders of Enagás (BME: ENAG ), Redeia, Naturgy (BME: NTGY ) and Iberdrola (BME: IBE ), as well as with spokespersons of 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.
In addition, on Thursday he held a meeting with the spokespersons of the parliamentary groups with the aim of also gathering proposals that allow the completion of designing the energy security contingency plan.
To end the week, Ribera met with representatives of the Spanish Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration (Cogen) and the Spanish Association of Cogeneration (Acogen).
On behalf of the Government, the Secretary of State for Energy, Sara Aagesen, has also maintained contacts this week with associations from both the renewable sector (AEE, Anpier, APPA Renovables, UNEF and Protermosolar), and the electricity sector (A3e, AMI, Anerr , Anese, Conaif and CNI).
Additionally, the Government has received in recent days proposals from the autonomous communities, among which are to reduce the consumption of Christmas lights, create a public energy company, promote self-consumption facilities and the renovation of boilers, lower taxes or promote green hydrogen.