The five autonomous regions of the Popular Party that reject the saving measures decreed by the Government to comply with the agreements of the European Union consume 43% of all the electricity demanded in Spain.
The combined annual electricity expenditure of Andalusia, Castile and Leon, Galicia, Madrid and Murcia totals more than 107,500 gigawatt hours (Gwh), an amount of energy equivalent to that needed to light more than 12 million Spanish homes for an entire year for eight consecutive hours a day.
According to the latest report of Red Eléctrica Española, the operator of the national electricity market, of these five communities only produce more electricity than is consumed by Castilla y León (27,916 Gwh compared to 13,670) and Galicia (24,211 compared to 17,510). Murcia is practically self-sufficient (it produces 9,248 GWh per year and spends 9,333), but Andalusia and Madrid are the two most loss-making regions in Spain (the balance for Andalusia, the leading region in terms of consumption, is -25%).
The case of Madrid, whose president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, plans to appeal the savings plan before the Constitutional Court, is also paradigmatic, since it is the autonomous region that produces the least electricity (barely 1,334 GWh per year) and the third that consumes the most (more than 27,413 GWh). A difference of 95.1%; or, in other words, it barely produces 5% of what it consumes.
"This conscious and calculated populist denialism is a regrettable example of lack of solidarity," says Francisco del Pozo, coordinator of Greenpeace's fossil fuels campaign. "Madrid is not aware of the footprint it leaves for the resources it consumes, and that every kilowatt hour it spends is an enormous sacrifice" for the economic, natural and environmental heritage of the inhabitants of other areas of the country.
Del Pozo warns that speeches like "Madrid does not turn off" represent "a tremendous irresponsibility", to the extent that promote among the public the idea that energy saving is not necessary, and also condition the future. Whoever ends up convinced and voting for those who support these theses, says the Greenpeace spokesman, will end up demanding their representatives not to adopt measures against energy waste and to combat climate change.
The truth is that the PP maintains its campaign against the saving measures, a campaign over which Feijóo is trying to regain control after his initial contradictions and confusion caused his barons to attack the plan without a joint position.
The deputy secretary of Organization of the Popular Party, Miguel Tellado, asked this Thursday the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, to rectify the decree of measures, reports Europa Press. During a visit to Euskadi, he avoided, however, to answer journalists if the national PP plans to appeal it also before the Constitutional Court following the strategy of Diaz Ayuso.
Tellado, who served as secretary general of the PP of Galicia under the presidency of Feijóo and a man of the highest confidence of the national leader, reiterated the argument that the plan of the Executive is "improvised" and does not respond "to the real needs" of Spain.
"We are in favor of energy efficiency initiatives that comply with EU recommendations, but Europe speaks of recommendations, not impositions, and this is not the way," he said.
The truth is that EU governments have agreed to adopt measures to achieve the objective of jointly reducing their gas consumption by 15%, although in the case of Spain this voluntary reduction has been reduced to less than half - 7% - because it does not have the same connection capacity in the gas network as other European partners.
The Minister of Finance and Public Function, María Jesús Montero, responded to the PP by contrasting Feijóo's reaction to that of traders and industry, which she described as "a lesson in patriotism".