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This is the first edition of the GREENCAP Newsletter. GREENCAP is the horizontal project in charge of the Renewable Energy Community of Interreg MED

Is it possible to achieve a new energetic model in the Mediterranean?

Dear reader,

This is the first edition of the GREENCAP Newsletter (Click here to see it). GREENCAP is the horizontal project in charge of the Renewable Energy Community of Interreg MED. The purpose of this newsletter is to disseminate information about activities and to advance the Modular projects that are part of the RES Community, as well as to intercommunicate and research renewable energies within the Mediterranean region. The objective is to network useful information for the community and promote synergies between MED partners and stakeholders.

The Newsletter offers also a set of Special contents where readers can take a look into cases developed primarily in the Mediterranean region. In the first issue, we examine the energetic shift in two communities: Tilos, Greece, and the island of Cyprus. These cases are brilliant examples of the future of a renewable energy cluster in the MED region. We will also highlight the recent approbation of energy self-consumption in Spain as a step forward in energetic policies. This is a big step towards a more democratic, decentralized and sustainable energetic management, creating benefits to neighborhoods, associations and citizens by letting them connect to a single electricity generator.

LOCAL LEVEL AS A STRATEGIC CATALYST

Several studies have already shown that the transition to renewable energy has greater opportunities to succeed at the local level. Indeed, there is evidence that citizen-based and local political action is most effective in implementing renewable energy. The Mediterranean area is composed of countries with variable progress in renewable energy sources and in strengthening the local authority’s competencies.

Society also have to get aware that it is in their own interest to accept and become part of the energetic transition. In Greece, for example, since 2010 a significant percentage of the renewable energy special tax retained by the Hellenic Transmission System Operator is redirected to the local communities. This kind of measure, implemented at the local level, is a good way to ensure that citizens will engage to the cause of renewable energy. Certainly, there are several barriers to the development of a new energetic model, whether they be political, juridical or sociological. But more initiatives like these should be encouraged in the Mediterranean area, and the successful cases should serve as examples for other countries.

In summary, the future of renewable energy in the Mediterranean needs strategic synergies to build a cluster able to strengthen an economy based on a knowledge society and minimizing resource consumption, involving a real change both in states’ regulation frameworks and in citizens’ awareness.

Cynthia Echave
Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona
Greencap Project Partner - Editor