The caretaker government’s energy minister Pantelis Kapros has assumed his post feeling confident that all has already been put into place by previous officials to ensure energy sufficiency as summer approaches.
His predecessor, Kostas Skrekas, the country’s market operators and power utility PPC have taken all necessary initiatives to ensure energy sufficiency, even under high temperatures.
Kapros, professor of energy economics and operational research at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), has made this confidence clear during a first round of talks with market operators and regulators.
He will remain in charge of Greece’s energy portfolio until a new government is sworn in following a second round of voting, possibly late next month.
Reservoir water levels at PPC’s dams have been maintained at levels comparable to last year, lignite reserves are high, while the number of new RES units connected to the grid this year has reached unprecedented heights.
The country’s hydropower facilities currently offer a capacity of 2,800 to 2,900 MW, lignite stocks measure 3 million tons, and more than 1 GW in new RES unit connections have been made.
Furthermore, two new power stations, a Mytilineos group facility and PPC’s Ptolemaida V, promising an overall capacity of 1,500 MW, are now close to being launched.