Decarbonization is key to limit the worst effects of climate change, which hits islands harder, but it’s not only an environmental matter. It is about financials and security. In most cases, islands have to import diesel to run their power generators, incurring very high costs and exposing to supply risk.Renewables are already much cheaper compared to diesel and they can produce power directly on the island. Thus, not only renewables allow islands to save huge financial resources,  but can also help them achieve energy security while decarbonizing and create significant synergies among sectors. However, deploying the most efficient technologies in the various sectors of the islands’ economy requires appropriate regulatory frameworks that enable their use. Today, regulations for energy supply on islands are obsolete and biased in favour of fossil fuels.
In this workshop, the Italian “Minor Islands” Decree will be presented in details alongside other policies to promote renewables on islands from energy authorities of Greece and Spain to explore their potential for replication in all European islands and beyond.
PresentationsAndrea Galliani – Deputy Director of the Wholesale Markets and Environmental Sustainability Department, Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and the Environment (ARERA)Athanasios Dagoumas – President Regulatory Authority for Energy, GreeceMarc Pons – National Commissioner for Promotion of Sustainable Energy in Island Systems, Spanish Energy Authority. Round tableJan Cornillie – Project director, Clean energy for EU islands secretariatNidaa Botmi – Project Officer, Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR)Jose Donoso – General Director, UNEF (Spanish Solar PV Association)George Kremlis – Principal Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister on energy, climate, environment and circular economy
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