May 16, 2022 10:38 am

The Government presents different actions in the Basque Country to combat energy poverty


The General Director of Energy and Climate Change, Pep Malagrava, presented this Friday, at the Erasmus Mundus Master in Smart Communities and Cities (SMACCs) of the University of the Basque Country, different actions to combat energy poverty.

In a press release, the Ministry of Energy Transition, Productive Sectors and Democratic Memory has specified that some measures are the increase in aid for families in situations of economic vulnerability, the launch of the Balearic Institute of Energy (IBE ) or the creation of an energy poverty table with all the social agents.

In this sense, Malagrava explained that the Government increased by 48% in 2021 the aid allocated to families in a situation of economic vulnerability who could not pay their electricity and gas bills, allocating 400,000 euros to Càritas Mallorca, Càritas Menorca, Red Cross and the Pa i Mel Association.

On the other hand, the general director has detailed the experience of the start-up of the Balearic Institute of Energy (IBE), a public energy company of the Government that has, among other objectives, to promote and manage shared self-consumption.

Malagrava presented the Balearic Institute of Energy as the executing arm of the Ministry to achieve an energy transition, and explained in this regard that the IBE “is a key tool for increasing renewable energy, given that it promotes the democratization of energy by reducing the electricity bill for the most vulnerable people and correcting energy inequalities in the territory”.

The director general, in his speech, emphasized that shared self-consumption or energy community projects that are being promoted are some of the main actions of the IBE that allow the arrival of renewable energy in neighborhoods and towns, having a direct impact on reductions in the bill of the people who live around.

Malagrava also explained that the IBE “is a bet” so that individuals and companies can access clean energy”. “The objective is none other than to lower the electricity bill and fight against energy poverty”, he saying.

In addition, the European funds that have to reach the Islands with 230 million euros in terms of energy transition will serve to improve social cohesion and address investment in renewables in vulnerable buildings or neighborhoods to reduce the electricity bill.

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