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Geothermal should be priority for Canary Islands

Punta de Teno, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Span (source: flickr/ engerundio, creative commons)
Francisco Rojas 24 Nov 2014

Fossil fuel energy generation is having a massive toll in La Palma and he "Platform for a New Energy Model" states that the only viable, stable and reliable energy source worth developing in the island is geothermal.

News from the Canary Islands in Spain demonstrate that the current system based in fossil fuel energy generation are not viable.

El Diario states that the Canary islands, despite being a pioneer in Spain by being the 3rd region in the country to commence using electricity back in the 19th century using primarily renewable energy, has now ditched said energy and has nearly absolute dependency on fossil fuel generation. Due to a complete lack of resources in the islands, all fuel must be imported from the mainland, taking a massive toll on the region´s finances.

This awkward situation has made the “Platform for a New Energy Model” to suggest that a new approach is needed, both from a financial and an environmental point of view for the Canaries. According to the Platform, La Palma has among other renewables, hydro and geothermal energy in abundance and enough not to only cover its current demand but also to be able to share with neighbouring islands.

The same platform states that the only viable, stable and reliable energy source worth developing in la Palma is geothermal; “High temperature geothermal electricity generation should be a priority in the insular mix, considering the possibilities in the south of the island”

Source: El Diario