Staff Reporter
JAUME Reguart, director general of the power company Gesa-Endesa, was confident yesterday that there is only a “minimal risk” that this coming summer will witness a repeat of last year's electricity cuts in the Balearics. “I would be prepared to give assurances that there won't be similar power cuts this year” said the company director after having signed an agreement on lower electricity tariffs with the Hotel Federation of Majorca.

On the subject of changes in tariffs for domestic users, Reguart pointed out that it is central government who sets maximum prices and allows an annual increase of two percent, conditions which Gesa adheres to. However, he explained that since last January, the electricity in the market in the Archipelago has been freed from monopoly restrictions, and clients can therefore apply for reductions in the costs that are imposed on them by the electricity supplier(s).

Reguart confirmed that the Balearic government is to modify the energy Plan which had been approved by the previous government so that Gesa will be able to build a third electricity distribution line between Es Murterar (Alcudia) and Son Reus (Palma).

Demand for power has steadily risen over the past few years, new records were set this winter and last summer. However, while the middle of August traditionally used to be the peak of annual power demand, new records were set this winter.

Hotter summers and colder winters in the Balearics are obviously increasing demand for electricity and GESA, over the past five years, has had to deal with some major blackouts.

Nevertheless, the electricity company is confident that it can produce more than enough power to meet an increased demand again this summer.
In the long term, however, the solution to a guaranteed power supply in the Balearics is the proposed link to the mainland.
However, while the initial project was for a natural gas pipeline to be laid, there is growing support for an electricity link to the mainland.

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