Greek energy minister, Kostas Skrekas, said today that a horizontal binding reduction of natural gas consumption is not acceptable for Greece.
Along with other European nations, such as Spain, France and Italy, Greece is against the European Commission’s call for a 15% reduction.
Skrekas said that the topic will be discussed in the upcoming energy summit in July 26, where he will also resubmit the government’s suggestion for a different power market mechanism that will separate the formation of wholesale prices from the price of natural gas.
Εnvironment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas on the occasion of the imminent tenders for new units of Renewable Energy Sources and on the upgrading of the target for participation of the RES to the energy balance in 2030 stated to Athens -Macedonian News Agency on Sunday that “only in 2022 we have saved over half a billion euros because the increase of the energy production of the RES allowed us to import less natural gas in comparison with the previous years”.
“The government’s firm target is the Green Transition which we are implementing despite the unprecedented difficulties provoked by the economic war that Russia has declared to Europe and consequently to Greece. We have already quadrupled the RES installments in the last three years with a double result. Firstly, we gave a boost to the change of the energy production mixture in favour of the environment and secondly, we achieved substantial savings for the citizens. We believe in this policy that leads to Greece’s energy independence, we are implementing it and we will continue to implement it with determination”, Skrekas said.