Local thermoelectric station efficiency lowest in EU

Greece’s thermoelectric power plants ranked last in terms of efficiency among all EU member states in 2013, registering an average rate of 37 percent, official data released by the European Environmetal Agency shows.

The figure is more than ten percentage points lower than the EU average for 2013, at 48 percent.

The European Environmetal Agency data showed that Greece’s performance in thermoelectric power plant efficiency has remained virtually stagnant since 2005, when the country had registered a rate of 36.9 percent.

Malta was ranked second from bottom with a 37.2 percent efficiency rate, and Portugal was one place above, with 37.6 percent.

Neighboring countries Bulgaria and Turkey scored much higher efficiency rates of 43.5 percent and 44 percent, respectively. Germany’s efficiency rate for 2013 reached 47.4 percent. Norway ranked highest with an efficiency rate of 87.5 percent, followed by Sweden with 86.5 percent, and Latvia with 77.4 percent.