x

Economy

Greece’s Easter Solar Power, Electricity Imports Cutbacks Seen Harbinger

With an average of 2800 hours of sun a year, Greece still hasn’t fully harnessed solar power to generate electricity and on one day in May disconnected 1 Gigawatt (GW) of solar plants from the grid.

That was May 5 – Easter – two days after the country’s transmission system operator, IPTO, said that it had to halt electricity imports from neighboring countries through May 7 ensure the safe operation of the Greek electricity system. IPTO said it didn’t bring in any electricity at all from Italy, Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey, and partially from Bulgaria with caps imposed.

Unnamed market sources told PV magazine that on Easter on May 5, IPTO disconnected the entire renewable-energy fleet connected to the transmission lines for a number of hours because of low demand then.

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2024/05/13/greeces-solar-curtailment-starts-to-bite/

In April, Pantelis Biskas, a professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering, warned the annual assembly of the Thessaloniki-based POSPIEF solar producers in mid-April that curtailment would skyrocket on Easter, as well as from September to November, the magazine said.

Biskas told investors that from March 1-April 13, IPTO had planned to curtail 220 Gigawatt Hours (GWh) of renewable energy, corresponding to about 4 percent of the nation’s domestic green electricity production for that period.

The report said what was worrying, however, was his prediction that curtailment of renewable power in Greece might reach up to 15 percent of the country’s electricity generation in 2023 once it was calculated.

IPTO is able to vary the amount of generated solar electricity injected in the grid, they claimed, but distribution grid operator HEDNO allows solar parks to be plugged into the network, or totally cut it off from the distribution grid.

Given that a lot of solar projects connect directly to the distribution grid, HEDNO’s patterns affect a large number of PV investors, adding that the Parliament passed a law in April that requires all renewable energy plants larger than 400 Kilowatts (kW) to install the technical equipment that allows HEDNO to remotely control the output of solar projects and vary the electricity injected into the distribution grid.

At the assembly POSPIEF, General-Secretary Petris Tsikouras told PV that, “It took the government four years to introduce an energy storage framework and when it did, it only allowed in front of the meter subsidized energy storage systems,” he said, adding that the group wants to open the energy storage market to behind the meter storage systems that get installed without subsidies.

“There is strong investment appetite in Greece for such systems. The business case is there given that such systems can participate in the country’s balancing services market,” said Tsikouras of the interest.

“This is where the main issue lies. The government has delayed the energy storage framework in order to allow the gas plants enough time to rip the benefits of the balancing services market. At some point, it will bow to pressure and allow behind the meter energy storage to get built too. Until then, the balancing services market is dominated by gas plants who can flex their production as they like.”

RELATED

ATHENS - With European Parliament elections looming in June, Greece’s major opposition SYRIZA leader Stefanos Kasselakis’ approach to two minor Leftist parties was rejected, denting his hopes of gaining on the ruling New Democracy.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Sour Patch Kids Oreos? Peeps Pepsi? What’s Behind the Weird Flavors Popping Up on Store Shelves

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream usually draws customers with gourmet takes on classics like vanilla and pistachio.

ATHENS - Greece’s efforts to lure more tourists year round is succeeding, even during the normally down winter period that showed 24.

ATHENS - Greeks are known for zeelevounai - the odd sense of wanting to hold down others in petty jealousy - but they don’t trust each other very much either, nor state institutions, a survey has found.

ATHENS – Eirini Baroulaki, the oldest living woman in Greece, passed away at the age of 119 on May 14.

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Norway, Ireland and Spain said on Wednesday they are recognizing a Palestinian state, in a historic but largely symbolic move that deepens Israel’s isolation more than seven months into its grinding war against Hamas in Gaza.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.