The Minister of Industry of the Government of the Canary Islands, Pedro Ortega, held a new meeting on the 16th Feb, with the CEO of Red Eléctrica de España (REE), Juan Lasala, to find a Satisfactory alternative to the layout of the new line of 132 kilovolts in Fuerteventura.
According to the Ministry reported in a statement, the meeting responds to the commitment made by Ortega in the Canary Islands Parliament to continue looking for the development of a new layout proposal, admitted by all parties involved and allowing to continue advancing in the implementation of renewable .
The Minister recalled that since last October his department and the Vice-Ministry of Environment of the Government of the Canary Islands have held more than a dozen working meetings with representatives of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura and REE, responsible for the construction of the line.
In addition, the Government of the Canary Islands has transferred to Brussels a proposal, proposed by the Cabildo of Fuerteventura, to change the route of the new power line, as it passes through the Special Protection Area of Bird (ZEPA) of the municipality of Antigua, with the Objective to be in parallel with the current 66 KV power line, located in a protected area.
However, the European Commission's Director General for the Environment, Daniel Calleja, has assured that it is necessary to wait until the courts of justice issue their statement on the current route to address this alternative.
REE officials reiterated at the meeting that the proposed 132 kV line in Fuerteventura obtained the favorable Environmental Impact Statement in July 2013, in addition to all the qualifying certificates issued by the competent authorities.
They also stressed the need for this line to guarantee the quality and security of electricity supply in the island, for the future energy integration of the eastern islands with Gran Canaria and to evacuate the energy of future wind farms, which are part of the New Canary energy model, more sustainable and efficient than the current one, notes the note. EFE