Updated on Monday, October 18, 2021 – 14:35
The Lehendakari insists before Vice President Ribera on the suspension of the “extra costs” of the electricity bill due to its runaway increase
The Lehendakari Iigo Urkullu, greets the vice president of institutional relations and prospects of the European Commission, Maros Sefcobic, this Monday in Bilbao, before Teresa Ribera
The Lehendakari Iigo Urkullu intends for the Basque Government to be an active institutional agent in the face of the energy crisis that is already affecting several steel companies and intends to create a “strategic gas reserve” in Euskadi that counteracts the effect of the international market. Urkullu has not detailed this initiative but has made the announcement in front of the Vice President of Energy Transition Teresa Ribera.
The increase in electricity and gas bill have activated the Basque Government that last week proposed to Ribera to eliminate the “extra costs” of the electric bill to help companies and individuals. But Urkullu, with the vice president in front, goes a step further and has included as one of the objectives of a “country energy plan” get your own gas reserve. Without specifying terms or available resources, the Lehendakari will activate a “common energy policy that allows investment in the joint procurement and storage with a long-term vision and have a strategic gas reserve as transition energy “.
The concern about the effect on the industry of the constant increase in energy is highest in the Basque Government. Until today, the steel mills Sidenor and Arcelor with several plants in the Basque Country, they have already confirmed that they will stop their activity due to the impossibility of being competitive with the increase in their electricity bills. But the Basque industry has various sectors with high electricity consumption.
The Basque Government, and especially the PNV, intend to explore the gas pockets in the lava subsoil by interpreting that this transition energy will be decisive to offset the expenses that a change of model that taxes the CO2 emissions generated by the fossil fuels.
The lehendakari, in addition, has announced immediate and concrete measures before the escolada de la luz such as “increasing by 40% the budget destined to fight against the so-called ‘energy poverty’. In addition, and before Vice President Ribera, Urkullu has reiterated the decrease of the current energy bill with the suppression of fees and taxes. A measure that consists of “temporarily eliminating external costs that make energy more expensive and make the industry less competitive, as well as encouraging the establishment of stable energy contracts “.
Vice President Ribera rules out eliminating these fees and taxes and has called on any party to raise it in Congress. “The PP has raised it three times and three times it has lost the vote”, Ribera pointed out to the media during his presence at a conference on ‘The Future of Science and Innovation’ held at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao.
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