The drop in industrial gas demand reduces energy consumption by 15%
Spain You will not be forced to further reduce your energy consumption to cope with the European demand moderation agreement, as long as current consumption is maintained. This is what they say from enagásthe technical manager of the gas system, whose calculations indicate that the fall in demand for industrial gas and electricity exports neighboring countries meet the objective of voluntarily lowering demand by 15%. The Government has also accepted this thesis and already considers the objective fulfilled.
The solidarity agreement signed by the Twenty-seven to face their energy needs jointly, and thus face a winter without Russian gas, included a voluntary reduction in consumption by 15%. This value was set as a recommendation, but would become mandatory in the event that storage targets were jeopardized or supply to households and industry was compromised.
A month and a half before the end of the year, Spain has already achieved this reduction target. For Susana de Pablos, CEO of Enagás, this is due to the “dramatic” drop in gas consumption by large industries -which in October was 34% lower than the previous year-, as stated at the Gas Industrial Forum organized by the GasIndustrial association.
Exports count as contribution
“Yes to the total demand today what the combined cycles are producing will be deducted to export electricity to France and Portugal, something that is in itself a measure of solidarity, the demand would be 15% lower than the average of the last five years (rule set by Brussels for calculating this reduction), with what no more demand restrictions would be needed to comply with the regulation“, he assured.
De Pablos added that both countries have proclaimed the emergency situation of its electrical sectors on several occasions, an argument that the Government has also replicated so that Brussels accepts that Spain has shown solidarity with its neighbors and has fulfilled its duties. In fact, Spain has spent several months easing the tense energy situation in Portugalhighly dependent on hydroelectric plants in a year with little rain, and on France, to which it sends energy due to the poor state of its nuclear park.
This is possible thanks to the regasification capacity of the Spanish gas system, which is equivalent to 44% of that in all of Europe with six plants spread along the coast and the one in El Musel (Gijón) that will be in operation since January. From the Government, they also defend the success of the measures implemented within the framework of the More Energy Security Plan that raised a great deal of controversy.
relief for the government
The fulfillment of this objective supposes a important relief for the cabinet of Pedro Sánchez, involved in a wave of reproaches after announcing a first package of measures aimed at reducing consumption. Yesterday she was the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayusowho stated that “Madrid does not go out” because part of the tourist attraction of the capital at this time lies in the Christmas lights.
According to executive data, the reduction in domestic demand already reaches 19%, provided that it is compared with the level of consumption of the same period, beginning in August, in the last five years. During this time, electricity demand has decreased by 5.7% of the total and also meets the target set of 10%. This confirms that “Spain is acting in solidarity with the rest of the EU”, according to the Ministry of Ecological Transition.
As already happened with the application of the ‘Iberian exception’, the Sánchez Executive managed to get Brussels to lower its demands for Spain and Portugal. Thus, the European Commission included a provision that lowered that reduction to 7% for countries with less dependence on Russian gasor for those who, due to their resources or geographical location, make up “energy islands”.
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