The Chairman of Red Eléctrica de España, Jordi Sevilla, today signed an agreement with the Mayoress of La Coruña, Inés Rey, to set up the ‘A highway behind the wall socket. Electricity, from the power station to your home’ exhibition in the city, a travelling exhibition that seeks to explain the electricity generation and supply processes in an interactive way, and that also highlights the role that the consumer plays as a cornerstone of the Energy Transition.
The exhibition; designed and first produced in 2010 by the Company, aims to raise awareness among society at large of the importance of consuming electricity responsibly and also explains the properties of electricity as a physical phenomenon as well as the process which allows electricity to reach the consumption points. In this regard, the exhibition acts an educational tool to help people understand the relevance of the energy transition scenario we are currently living in.
Red Eléctrica de España, as sole transmission agent and operator of the Spanish electricity system, is a key player in making the energy transition a reality and ensuring that it is done based on the decarbonisation of the economy, thus enabling the massive integration of new renewable energy and hence contributing to meet the European energy challenges and targets.
In this regard, Galicia is already a reference throughout Spain. During 2018, more than half of the region's electricity generation (55.4% of the total) came from renewable sources, a figure that is 17 percentage points above the national average, which closed the year at 38.4%. Furthermore, the region produces 12% of the country's electricity generation. Additionally, of note, is that 66% of the installed power capacity in the region is comprised of clean energy technologies, hydro being the technology with the greatest share (33.9% of the total), followed by wind (with 31.1% of the total).
More than one million visits
The travelling exhibition arrives in La Coruña after having received more than one million visits during its tour through 10 Spanish cities: Granada, Logroño, Valladolid, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Seville, Mérida, Tarrasa, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia and Bilbao.
The exhibition is comprised of three areas, one dedicated to explaining the properties of electricity, another focused on showing how the electricity supply process works in order for electrical energy to reach our homes and a third one centred on raising awareness on the importance of the consumer as a key player in the Energy Transition.
In 2014, the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission highlighted this exhibition as one of the five best communication initiatives of European transmission system operators and a prime example of dissemination that is transferrable to all Member States of the European Union, both to improve citizens' knowledge on how the electricity system works and their understanding of the need to develop electricity transmission infrastructure.