Government lacking energy sector plans, ex-minister supports

Yiannis Maniatis, the former energy minister in the pre-Syriza coalition government, has condemned the country’s current administration for lacking energy-sector plans and objectives. He was speaking at a conference, Investing in Energy 2015.

Maniatis told the conference that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, during a recent policy speech, made no reference to hydrocarbons exploration, energy development on the islands, and the much-delayed digital power meters installation program.

The ex-minister also criticized the government’s commitment to reduce main power utility PPC’s market share without anything in return for the utility.

Maniatis also questioned whether an adequate level of funds for energy-efficiency projects would be drawn from the new National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), an EU funding program.