Wind Energy: Engage, Involve, Energize!

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Overall summary


State of play wind capacity installed and 2020 target

Cumulative onshore capacity - June 2015: 1,979.8 MW

NREAP Target 2020 (onshore): 7,200 MW

Source: Terna Energy; European Commission, DG Energy, National Action Plan


Legal framework for information and engagement measures

According to the International Aarhus Convention,  transposed into national law with L.3422 - 2005, people have the right to access information regarding environmental issues. This is via the relevant authorities or through appeal to the courts for acts and projects that are considered harmful to the environment.

Additionally, the Environmental law 4014/2011 requires that public meetings are held as part of the formal consultation procedure during the environmental licensing of a project. These are usually Regional Council meetings, open to the public, during which interested parties express their opinion with regard to the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) of a project. Besides participating in the Regional Council meetings, the public has the possibility to express its view on the content of an EIS in writing within a period of a 30-35 days following a respective invitation (published notice for public consultation) by the Regional Council or the Ministry of Environment (for large scale projects).

The Environmental Impact Assessment is obligatory for wind farms over 5MW.


Legal framework for innovative financial measures

No legal provisions for innovative financial measures are in place.

The existing measures are derived from the Law 3468/2006 which foresees the following income sharing routes:

  • 1% on the (exc. VAT) selling price of electrical energy from RES is passed on to the holders of a supply license who supply electrical energy to the household consumers of local communities where RES are installed, to credit their bills for electrical energy consumption;
  • 0.3% on the (exc. VAT) selling price of electrical energy from RES is passed to a Special Fund managed by the Ministry of Environment and finally;
  • 1.7% of 80% is paid to the local authority within the administrative boundaries of which the project is installed and 1.7% of the remaining 20% to the local authority(ies) through which grid connection lines transcends.

Source: Terna Energia, WISE Power project partner