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European Elections Stall Greece’s Offshore Wind Farm Development Projects

ATHENS – The politically volatile European Parliament elections, a time during which no candidate wants to make waves, has led to Greece temporarily setting aside development of wind farm projects that had been viewed as essential to developing sustainable sources.

With blowback from Crete over the idea, the New Democracy government that expects to be tested despite having an unassailable lead domestically in polls has been reluctant to keep the issue on the table.

That has, for now, put on hold development of the national program for the installation in the first phase (by 2030) of 1.9 gigawatts of offshore wind farms in the Greek seas, which got keen investment interest from the largest foreign and domestic energy groups.

In its full development, the program in 2050 envisages the installation of 12.4 GW in 25 maritime areas of the country and utilizing the country’s abundant supplies of wind offshore, on islands and on some mainland spots.

The Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Hellenic Hydrocarbons and Energy Resources Management Company (EDEYEP) said Kathimerini, have  finalized the amended development plan for the Crete region, following the reactions expressed by the island’s regional authority, municipalities, chambers and hoteliers, but it has been frozen.

That also is delaying Greece’s plans to export green energy and become a player in the region in energy, the political ramifications trumping economic considerations for now, depending on the results.

With abundant wind, Greece has gotten attention from foreign and domestic investors in the field who want to cash in on a sustainable and never-ending source that, apart from building the wind farms, provides free supplies forever.

The backlash over projects on Crete – a home field for Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis – led to delays there despite the island being a prime source for wind power, but it has already been revised to limit first phase capacity from 800 to 600 megawatts.

Of that, 400 MW concerns Akrotiri tou Aforismenou, where the plot Crete 2B was moved, after it was limited in area in order not to cause visual and sound disturbance, and 200 MW east of Sitia and power limits were set because of grid capacity.

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