January 21 (Renewables Now) - Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) informed on Tuesday that power had been restored to customers in Girona province, Catalonia, where services were disrupted this morning due to the damage caused by Storm Gloria.
REE said that power outage occurred at 0630 local time just as demand started to increase. Services were normalised at around 0900 thanks to the interconnection with France.
Storm Gloria, which has been sweeping across eastern Spain bringing heavy rain and snowfall for two days, collapsed the electricity grid and left more than 400,000 supply points in the dark.
REE said that excavating equipment had been brought to the site to clean up the roads where the grid failures occurred. Aerial inspections will follow as soon as the weather permits.
The 64.5-kilometre long (40.1 miles) interconnection link with France was commissioned in 2016. The line is for the most part buried underground in a concrete trench, except for an 8.5-km stretch across the Pyrenees. On the Spanish side of the border, the interconnection ensures steady power supply for high-speed trains and enables greater integration of renewables into the grid.