Greece, Legislative framework for offshore wind projects is almost completed

, SEE Energy News

The new legislative framework for offshore wind projects is almost completed and Greek authorities are expected to open the draft for public consultation during June.

According to unofficial sources, the draft calls for awarding capacity in specific offshore wind areas through a single tender, rather than a two-phased process that was initially proposed. The change would then result in a streamlined and time-saving procedure.

Furthermore, the concessions for offshore development sites will be awarded to bidders offering the lowest cost. Before the competition, interested candidates will be allowed to carry out wind measurements at selected locations, which are planned to take between one and two years.

The potentially suitable areas for fixed offshore wind farms are considered to be near Northern Evia and off the coast of Alexandroupoli, while waters off the Cyclades islands, Dodecanese, Crete and Karpathos are seen to be offering best conditions for floating wind farms. All these areas offer wind energy potential of up to 10 GW.

Greece aims to reach 7 GW of installed wind power capacity by 2030, of which 2 GW in offshore wind farms.

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