The first geothermal heating district network in Spain could be in Ourense

So it is indicated by the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, whose head, Álvaro Nadal, visited the Galician city yesterday to sign a City-IDAE Collaboration Agreement whose generic objective is “the promotion of geothermal energy in the city” . According to the press release distributed by the Ministry, “the city of Ourense and its surrounding areas have important geothermal resources.”


The signed document aims to “establish a stable framework for collaboration between the City Council and the Instituto for the Diversification and Energy Saving (IDAE), a body under the Ministry, for the revitalization of initiatives that contribute to the use of geothermal energy in innovative energy efficiency projects, through the creation of a joint working group “.

As a result of this collaboration –information from the Ministerio-, both institutions commit themselves to identify demonstration pilot projects (and research entities or centers that can collaborate in them), “with a high probability of being replicated in other geographical environments with similar potentials to those from the city of Ourense. ” Both institutions – the City Council and the IDAE – commit themselves through this agreement to jointly seek financial sources of regional, state or European scope to enable the execution of the pilot projects.

The mayor of Ourense, Jesús Vázquez, recalled on the other hand that the City of Ourense presented last August the GEOAtlantic project to the first call of the Interreg Atlantic Space Program 2014-2020: “already then we have the approval of the IDAE , that put us in contact with other cities and organizations to look for allies in this project, whose objective is to study the possibilities of geothermal energy development in the territory as a source of renewable energy and to promote demonstration projects “.

Public air conditioning network in the district of A Ponte

According to the note released by the Council of Ourense  “wants to implement a Local Energy Action Plan with measures and commitments in terms of local energy sustainability and mitigation of climate change, supported by geothermal energy.” Thus -continues the Ministry-, the consistory has already prioritized “a first pilot project to analyze together that would allow the design of a District Heating in the urban area of ​​Ourense known as A Ponte”. In the intervention area proposed for the reference pilot project -explained from the Ministry- there are numerous public buildings that could benefit from geothermal energy.

According to Energy, Galicia, and specifically the city of Ourense and its surroundings, have important geotermical resources. In that sense, Energy cites studies from the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME) Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME), according to which “there are thermal manifestations in Galicia of low temperature, between 50 and 90ºC, at depths between 500 and 1,500 meters for applications of thermal uses and predict the presence of medium temperature resources, between 110 and 130ºC, at depths greater than 1,500 and 2,000 meters, susceptible to use for electricity generation”.


A very convulsive local political situation

Ourense is the only large city in Galicia governed by the Popular Party. Its mayor, Jesús Vázquez, was inaugurated in June 2015 thanks to the 10 votes of the local PP councilors. On the day of the investiture, the other three parties of the Orense town hall voted their respective candidates: 8 votes for the Democracia Ourensana candidate (Gonzalo Pérez Jácome); 6 for the Socialist Party (José Ángel Vázquez Barquero); and 3 for the candidate from Ourense en Común (Miguel Doval). The popular Jesus Vázquez rules in a minority.

Last week, Ourense Democracy called an extraordinary plenary session in which it requested the resignation of the popular mayor. There were 11 votes in favor of the same and 9 against. Ourense en Común decided to absent himself from the plenary, so he did not participate in the vote. The Socialist Party voted with Democracy Ourensana, in favor of the resignation of the mayor, but has decided not to support a motion of censure to relieve him. The situation in the Ourense Consistory is critical. The government team works with budgets carried over from two years ago, since it has not been able to approve any of its own.

The City Council has not given details about its Energy Action Plan.


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