PPC asked to explore Crete energy sufficiency solutions until 2022

The main power utility PPC, in ongoing exchange with RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, has reiterated its concerns of a potential energy sufficiency threat on Crete until 2022, when the anticipated launch of grid interconnections is expected to have resolved the problem.

A study conducted by RAE in conjunction with DEDDIE, the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator, has forecast a capacity deficit for the island in the lead-up to the island’s grid interconnections.

Responding to a RAE request calling on PPC to explore possible solutions, the power utility has asked for further clarification. The power utility wants specific figures concerning Crete’s capacity shortage threat.

The energy authority apparently wants PPC to work on proposals covering three scenarios for additional electricity generation of 50, 100 and 150 MW.

Solutions contemplated so far include a PPC tender for the installation of additional wind energy facilities as well as proposals by Gek Terna and Socar for the development of small-scale LNG-fueled power stations as back-up solutions.

However, at this stage, it remains unclear if future market conditions can secure the sustainability of such back-up LNG units once Crete’s grid interconnection projects are launched.