Moving forward with the production and distribution of local green energyThe public electricity distributor Barcelona Energia has started operating on the energy market by managing and distributing power produced from solar panels at various municipal facilities.
The Councillor for Presidency, Water and Energy, Eloi Badia, underlined the importance of regaining the public management of energy, “because with a basic service such as this, the interests of a few can’t prevail over the general interest”. Badia outlined the City Council’s resources for “becoming independent from the electricity oligarchy, developing an active role in the energy market, going greener and filling the city with renewable energy”.
As it starts out on the electricity market, Barcelona Energia will be managing and distributing energy from the following:
- 41 solar panelling plants installed at municipal buildings
- the energy recovery plant in Sant Adrià de Besòs
- the biogas facility at the Garraf waste disposal site
Between them, these facilities have a combined power potential of 45 MW and supply the network with around 200,000 MWh of green energy. That’s local power, linked to the circular economy, and the equivalent to the annual consumption of roughly 87,000 families.
As from July, the municipal electricity supplier will be supplying electricity to municipal facilities. At a later date, the service will also be offered to the public.