The government is to open six energy transition promotion offices in the Balearic Islands to advise, accompany and raise awareness among all sectors in this area.

Mar 27, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

Vice-president Yllanes announced that three of the offices will be in Mallorca, one in Menorca, one in Ibiza and one in Formentera.

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Energy transition

The Government of the Balearic Islands will open a total of six energy transition promotion offices in the Balearic Islands before June to advise, accompany and raise awareness among individuals, businesses and public administrations in this area, and thus achieve a greater degree of citizen involvement in energy transition and the fight against climate change.

This was explained this Friday at a press conference by Juan Pedro Yllanes, Vice President and Minister of Energy Transition, Productive Sectors and Democratic Memory, who informed that three of these energy transition promotion offices will be located in Mallorca (specifically in Palma, Inca and Manacor), and the others on the other islands: Menorca (located in Ciutadella), Ibiza (in Vila) and Formentera.

“These spaces are intended to stimulate a profound social and cultural change and maximise the use of existing funds, as well as catalyse the development of projects,” said the vice president, while stressing that these offices can be developed “thanks to the funds of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan for energy transition, within the framework of the Investment Plan for the Energy Transition of the Balearic Islands (PITEIB) and is expected to incorporate 30 people with different training, which means generating new jobs.

For his part, the Director General of Energy and Climate Change, Pep Malagrava, explained that of the 233 million euros that the PITEIB consists of, a total of 6.5 million will go towards setting up these offices. “The programme to promote these offices provides for a total of three main lines of action, focusing on support for local bodies, citizens and businesses, as well as the organisation of activities to stimulate and create content. We hope that these offices will help to continue promoting a fair and participatory energy transition, and that they will complement all the work being carried out by the Directorate General for Energy and Climate Change and the Balearic Energy Institute. Furthermore, we foresee that once the period of this funding comes to an end, scheduled for 2026, these offices will be maintained with their own budget, because we believe that the best tool in the energy transition is the commitment of the citizens”.

The energising offices

The Balearic Islands Energy Transition Plan (PITEIB) foresees the creation of a network of energy transition promotion offices with the aim of encouraging all citizens and business sectors to get involved in this challenge. These offices will also have an itinerant character within their geographical areas with mobile offices to facilitate reaching all municipalities.

Within this specific plan for the Islands, a programme has been established with 6.5 million euros to finance these offices until 2026. According to the PITEIB, these offices must develop materials and digital content that contribute to raising awareness of the energy transition, as well as providing general information on energy issues such as the electricity bill, procedures for installing self-consumption, electric mobility, examples of good practices, etc. These materials have to be adapted to different types of audiences such as the business sectors, citizens in general, schools, public administrations, etc.

In addition, a face-to-face and telematic service will be provided to citizens and the business community, and support will be given to town councils in the identification of projects, promotion and presentation of subsidies. On the other hand, they will promote the development of a proactive task in awareness-raising and information through the organisation of events, the preparation of materials and their dissemination.

Location and management

Mallorca will have three offices. One of them will be located in Palma, in Calle Industria. Another in Manacor, on Calle Escolà Pocoví, and finally another in Inca, on Calle Paraires.

The Menorca office will be located on Calle Sur in Ciutadella, while the Ibiza office will be on Calle Castella de Vila and the Formentera office will be on Calle Roca Plana.

The operation of the offices will be carried out through a management assignment from the Balearic Energy Institute (IBE) to TRAGSA, a public company that supports the administration. With the opening of these offices, 30 people with different training programmes are expected to be hired.