Red Eléctrica officially opens the exhibition 'A highway behind the wall socket' in Mérida
  • The interactive exhibition regarding the operation of the electricity system and the importance of efficient and responsible consumption can be visited at the Museo Abierto de Mérida until October this year.
  • The exhibition of Red Eléctrica is the crowning jewel of more than three years’ work on the construction of the Almaraz-Guillena line, which represents an investment of 250 million euros in the region.

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development, Environment and Energy of the Government of Extremadura, José Antonio Echávarri, the Mayor of Mérida, Pedro Acedo, and the Corporate Director of Communication and Corporate Responsibility of Red Eléctrica de España, Antonio Prada, this morning inaugurated the exhibition A highway behind the wall socket. Electricity from the power station to your home. The ceremony held at the Museo Abierto of Mérida, was also attended by the regional delegate of Red Eléctrica de España in Extremadura, Miguel González. This travelling exhibition has been designed and created to explain the operation of the Spanish electricity system and raise public awareness regarding an efficient and responsible consumption.

In an extremely didactic way and through an interactive tour, the exhibition that will remain open until October shows the phenomenon and properties of electricity, as well as the electricity supply process, and proposes some ideas and recommendations for a rational and efficient use of energy. In this way, the visitor takes centre stage and becomes the protagonist of the electricity process with the ability to choose what, how and when to consume electricity, thus contributing to a greater efficiency and sustainability of the electricity system.

Red Eléctrica’s exhibition has already been in five other Spanish cities. Since its launch in 2010, it has been on display in five science museums: the Parque de las Ciencias in Granada, the Casa de las Ciencias in Logroño, the Museo de la Ciencia in Valladolid, Museo Elder de la Ciencia y Tecnología in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and the Casa de la Ciencia in Seville; registering over these years a total of 264,000 visitors.

"Today we begin this learning adventure in the capital of an autonomous community in which we have been working for more than three years to provide it with an electricity infrastructure in line with its foreseeable progress and the future horizon", said Red Eléctrica’s Corporate Director of Communication and Corporate Responsibility, Antonio Prada.

The new electricity connection between Extremadura and Andalusia that joins Almaraz (Caceres) and Guillena (Seville) strengthens the electricity transmission grid in this region from North to South and provides sufficient capacity for future business and residential developments as well as providing support for the new electricity interconnections with Portugal. It has received an investment of 250 million euros and will be commissioned in the coming months.

This 400 kilovolt electricity infrastructure that is 350 kilometres in length will also serve to supply power to the traction substations of the future Madrid-Lisbon high-speed train and to provide evacuation points for the new renewable energy facilities to be built in the region. Along with this huge project, a new substation in San Serván has also been built and the Merida, Trujillo and Brovales substations were enlarged.

More information about the exhibition via this link: A highway behind the wall socket. Electricity from the power station to your home.


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