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Barcelona Energia, the municipal electricity company
Barcelona City Council’s public electricity supplier, Barcelona Energia, is due to start operating in February. It will be the market representative of energy generated by municipally-owned solar panels at the waste recovery plants in Sant Adrià and El Garraf. The company is expected to supply power to the city council by July and to city residents from 2019. In all cases, Barcelona Energia will offer locally-produced 100% green energy. The goals are to achieve energy sovereignty, comprehensively manage the public and private generation of electricity from renewable sources and sell consumption surpluses to households and municipal entities.
Barcelona Energia will sell the surplus energy produced at the municipal self-consumption facilities and enable citizens to generate energy to manage its production. The company will work to ensure everyone has access to a basic energy supply in accordance with Act 24/2015.
In addition, it will offer comprehensive energy services: advising city residents, supporting energy-efficiency and energy-generating projects, maintaining and managing generation facilities, promoting energy renovation and fostering a smart energy culture among Barcelona’s residents.
The City Council’s public supplier is initially considering offering three rates:
- Rate for local authorities
- Rate for small tertiary sector, which will include producer and consumer clients
- Citizen rate, which will include vulnerable clients, in response to the implementation of Act 24/2015, on Energy Poverty
The energy supplier is expected to supply all the electricity consumed by the Barcelona City Council. During the first stage it may be able to supply enough electricity for up to 20,000 homes. With this public distributor, the city council will achieve savings of nearly 500,000 euros a year.