The rate at which Renewable Energy Sources (RES) are being installed in Greece is currently perhaps the highest on the planet, Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas said on Thursday at the Fortune Greece CEO INITIATIVE FORUM 2022.
“In 2019, it was 300-400 megawatts per year and this year it has increased to 1,700-2,000 megawatts. We should not cancel out what has been done by investors and the state through the simplification of licensing. In three years, 60% of electricity will come from RES and in 2030 it will reach 80%, in a way that will protect the environment and ensure low and predictable prices, energy self-sufficiency and independence,” the minister noted and added:
“We can’t put wind turbines on every mountain. Unauthorised construction is not an example that we should transfer to RES, we should not repeat the same mistakes,” he said.
Skrekas underlined that natural gas will remain as a transition fuel, while biomethane and hydrogen will be added. “Greece is becoming a hub for importing and transporting liquefied natural gas to the northern countries. We hope, in addition to being a transit hub, to become a production country as well,” he added, referring to the ongoing hydrocarbon explorations.