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La Palma aims for geothermal energy for half of island’s needs 

page 16 La Palma aims for  geothermal energy for half of island's needs

The Spanish Government is being asked to help La Palma study the possibilities of the implementation of geothermal energy on the island.

President, Anselmo Pestana has requested the collaboration of the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda to carry out studies aimed at determining the viability of geothermal energy as clean and alternative energy to be implemented in the insular energy grid.

Sr. Pestana, accompanied by the Insular Inspector of Energy, Jordi Pérez Camacho, held a meeting with the General Director of the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE), Arturo Fernández, and the Director of Renewable Energy of that institution, Alfonso Olivas, for this purpose.

“The Cabildo de La Palma is firmly committed to a new energy model with a greater contribution of renewable energies and alternatives to the system. In the case of geo-thermal energy, from the insular institution we will start investing in this same year to know with certainty if the exploitation of this existing resource in the subsoil is technically and economically viable, ” said Sr. Pestana.

The president of the Cabildo points out that the budgets of the Corporation will collect a contribution of 300,000 euros in two annuities that will be channelled through an agreement with the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan) for the first studies.

Geothermal energy is a renewable energy obtained through the use of natural heat from the interior of the earth. Like the rest of the Canary Islands, the island of La Palma is volcanically active and, therefore, has an interesting potential to detect and delimit those areas that are most conducive to the completion of several deep geothermal exploration probes, for which it will be necessary to have a high economic investment, for which the Cabildo requires the help of other administrations.

“We have made this request for help to IDAE with the guarantee that one of the main advantages of geothermal energy is that its implementation in the network would be able to ensure the stability of at least half of the island’s energy system, which would be a giant step in the ambition of the Cabildo to give a prominent role to clean energy in our island, ” said Sr. Pestana.