Today EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Arias Cañete, together with the Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy, the French Prime Minister Valls and the Energy Minister of Spain attended the inauguration of the Santa Llogaia – Baixàs power line. This power line, a project of common European interest, doubles the existing electricity interconnection capacity between France and Spain, from 1400 megawatt to 2800 megawatt, and helps connecting the power system of the Iberian Peninsula to other European energy markets. The project has received €255 million EU support under the European Energy Programme for Recovery.
Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič welcomed the completion of the interconnector. And Commissioner Arias Cañete said: "The increased interconnection capacity will allow renewable electricity to flow more freely in the European market, and make the European power system more reliable. The Juncker Commission will continue to work relentlessly to connect Europe's energy markets to give safer, cleaner and cheaper energy to our citizens, households and businesses".
Energy interconnectors are crucial to build an Energy Union with a forward-looking climate policy, one of the key priorities of the new Commission as laid down by President Juncker in his political guidelines. As part of the Energy Union Strategy, the Commission will present a Communication on how to achieve an electricity interconnection of 10% in all Member States by 2020 on 25 February.