RES spatial plan revision to be passed on to next government

The country’s revised RES spatial plan, a tricky task requiring authorities to strike the right balance between the conflicting concerns of environmental groups and investors, will be delayed until after Greece’s forthcoming general elections, scheduled for May 21, as the issue could develop into a damaging debate for rival political parties.

Though a new RES spatial plan, to replace a version from 2008, has almost been completed by authorities and scheduled for delivery to the energy ministry by late April, it now appears certain that the next government will need to take on the task of forging a plan that satisfies as many conflicting interests as possible.

The revised spatial plan nearing completion addresses rules concerning so-called “wind priority” and “wind suitability” areas that may host RES projects, and also takes into account Natura restrictions for environmental protection.

It also factors in the increased size of turbines since the country’s RES spatial plan from 2008, meaning issues such as distance between such facilities and their impact on the environment have been reexamined. Size restrictions concerning wind energy facility installations at certain areas have been taken into account.

Wind energy installations at mountain areas is another matter of concern. At present, eight mountain ranges in various parts of Greece are included in the country’s RES spatial plan.

In addition, the revised RES spatial plan’s details aim to keep the strategy compatible with National Energy and Climate Plan targets.