ELPE (Hellenic Petroleum) has extended an ambitious proposal to the main power utility PPC that would offer energy independence to most of the country’s 32 non-interconnected islands.
According to sources, ELPE’s plan entails shipping diesel amounts required by PPC in order to run its local power stations on non-interconnected islands in exchange for the development of renewable energy units and other environmentally friendly systems.
The issue of transforming the non-interconnected Greek islands into independent energy entities was discussed yesterday by the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete during a visit to Athens.
The commissioner noted that the European Commission is supporting an initiative for energy-independent islands that will be promoted by Malta, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency. The initiative’s first conference is expected to take place prior to this coming summer on Crete.