The Community of Madrid will not comply with the package of urgent measures for energy efficiency and saving approved this Monday in the Council of Ministers, or so its president has announced, Isabel Diaz Ayusoarguing that “it generates insecurity and scares away tourism and consumption.”
“On the part of the Community of Madrid, it will not be applied. Madrid does not go out. (…) It causes darkness, poverty and sadness while the Government covers up the question: what savings is it going to apply to itself?” tweeted Díaz Ayuso late this Monday.
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Moments before, the third vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition, Theresa Riveradetailed precisely what the central executive itself will contribute to, for example by being scrupulous in complying with the plan in the public buildings that depend on it.
Ribera invited autonomous communities and municipalities to “do the same”, as last Friday the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, to the rest of the leaders and in a symbolic way with the use of the tie, which he asked to stop wearing. His ministers have begun to dispense with it. The PP questions it.
Asked Ribera about possible reactions such as that of Díaz Ayuso -before it occurred-, she assured that the directors responsible for Energy in the different communities had given her a “positive” answer and that opposing it would be “unsupportive” and “reckless” .
The measures, which anticipate a complicated autumn and winter derived from the conflict in Ukraine, do not imply “cuts” in the supply for families or for the industry and will translate into “savings in the electricity bill and in competitiveness”.
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Administrative buildings, commercial and cultural spaces, train and bus stations and airports will have to adjust their thermostats so that they do not fall below 27 degrees in summer or exceed 19 degrees in winter.
Likewise, the lights of the shop windows must be turned off at 10:00 p.m., as well as those of public spaces when they are not in use, while they will have to keep their doors closed when their heating or cooling systems are working.
The plan will be valid until November 1, 2023 and will enter into force seven days after its publication in the Official State Gazette (BOE). “We want it to be a collective effort,” Ribera insisted this Monday in the Moncloa press room, after the Council.
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