Canaries at risk of total blackouts for up to 4 years as National Grid takes over islands’ supply

Update 4 August: A fault at the Las Caletillas power station just after 9am this morning has resulted in a blackout across north Tenerife. According to Unelco’s press officer, Ana Corredera, the cut did not affect the south of the island, which is supplied by the Granadilla station. In Santa Cruz, however, the trasm is out of action, and TITSA buses have been drafted in to replace the service on line 1. C24H

Update 1 July: Endesa and Red Eléctrica de España (REE) have now officially agreed the sale whereby REE takes over the majority of the Canaries’ electricity supply. The total price of the sale is valued at nearly 1.5 billion Euros. The two companies will close the deal before 7 July. C7

Let the blackouts begin …..

Original post 18 May: The Director General of the Spanish national grid (REE), Carlos Collantes, has warned today that there will be a period from July when the Canaries will be at risk of blackouts because REE will be taking over responsibility for the majority of the islands’ supply from Endesa and will need to upgrade the network’s parameters.

The risk of these blackouts will last three or four years until the system is fully upgraded, as happened on the mainland 5 or so years ago. Some might well ask what is new, given that Tenerife alone has suffered three complete blackouts in the last year, but it will perhaps be some comfort that it is part of a modernization and upgrade that, for all it might take 3 or 4 years to achieve, is long overdue. C24H


  1. Time I bought an oil-lamp, then.

  2. How does this affect El Hierro’s move to renewable power?

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