The commitment of the Anoia County Council
The Regional Council of Anoia guides, jointly with the Town Councils of the affected municipalities, the fight against an overhead power line of Very High Voltage (MAT), Valmuel-Begues. This project crosses eight Anoi municipalities: Bellprat, Sant Martí de Tous, Santa Margarida de Montbui, Vilanova del Camí, La Pobla de Claramunt, Piera, Hostalets de Pierola and Masquefa.
The institutional response
The county body has held two meetings with the mayors of these municipalities, and has hired a legal office specializing in environmental law to prepare the corresponding allegations to the project. Despite the fact that these allegations have been dismissed, an appeal has been filed.
The project and its repercussions
The MAT Valmuel-Begues project proposes a 400 KV line that would transport photovoltaic and wind energy from the Franja de Ponent to Pierola, passing through Anoia. This infrastructure would affect inhabited areas and divide several municipalities.
The vision of the president of the County Council
The president of the Regional Council, Jordi Parcerisas, believes that the energy policy must be agreed with the territory. It also highlights the willingness of the municipalities to give up land to improve Catalonia’s energy situation. However, he demands from the Generalitat de Catalunya that each territory can decide how to contribute to the energy of the region and the country. It also urges speeding up the processing of the Territorial Sectoral Plan for the Development of Renewable Energies in Catalonia (PLATER) in order to unify municipal efforts in energy matters.