Las Palmas de Gran Canaria pays three months of electricity in 2020: 1.1 million

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria pays three months of electricity in 2020: 1.1 million


The mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Carolina Darias, issued a resolution on January 25 authorizing the resignation to file an appeal against a judgment which forces the City Council to pay the company Endesa Energía 1.14 million euros for the supply of energy to municipal facilities.

The Contentious-Administrative Court 3 of the capital of Gran Canaria had ordered, in November 2023, the payment of the aforementioned amount plus collection costs (280 euros), late payment interest and procedural costs for the seven unpaid invoices.

However, the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria requested a clarification of sentence which was resolved in mid-December of last year in the sense that the 280 euros of collection costs were included in the amount to be paid, the aforementioned 1.14 million.

From that moment, the City Council had to appeal the conviction until January 22, 2024, but four days before the general director of the Legal Department, Tatiana Quintana, recommended not to keep the litigation alive in the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands. In this case, she argued, “it is more convenient for the defense of the public interest failure to file an appeal”, which is recognized as having little chance of succeeding.

And that is because the City Council itself, through the Lighting Technical Unit, recognized that the service billed by Endesa had been provided “because it is an essential service that also affects the safety of the municipality.”

The expiration of the electricity supply contract that the City Council had with Endesa, as well as its extensions, is at the origin of the invoice processing problems, despite the fact that the service was provided by Endesa. And that the obligation to pay for the services provided exceeded the validity of the contract because the supply had to be maintained for security reasons. «There is not the slightest doubt about the initial existence of a contractual relationship between the parties, which once expired by the passage of not only the duration period, but also the legally permitted extensions, is prolonged by virtue of a agreement», it is quoted.

The non-payment of invoices to Endesa caused the electricity supply to the La Cícer spa, two sports fields, an ornamental fountain and a municipal premises to be interrupted in November 2020. These are facilities that are not considered essential.

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