Greece Urges Citizens To Limit Electricity Consumption
Greek Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas urged citizens to limit electricity consumption due to the strain on the grid in the extreme heat. The official made the appeal after an extraordinary meeting on the situation in the energy system, the country’s ministry press office said.
Greece has been hit by a 40-degree heatwave that will last until August 7-8.
The extraordinary meeting of the crisis management team was convened to check the performance of the energy system during the prolonged abnormal heatwave.
The grid management estimates that the total load on the system will reach 9,600 MW in the coming days and especially on Monday during peak hours (around 9 pm), which is significantly higher as compared to the average maximum power demand in the first half of 2021, which was 8,115 MW. The total load is expected to reach 8,700-8,800 MW at 2pm on Monday.
The meeting said natural gas-fired power plants are fully operational. Of the lignite-fired thermal power plants, two are temporarily out of operation due to repairs.
It was noted that power grid connections are available, except for the interconnection with Italy, which will not be operational for troubleshooting until August 13.
Wind generation potential is likely to decrease in the coming days, and energy is expected to come only from photovoltaic plants in the morning and afternoon hours, the ministry said.
As for the natural gas situation, there are no concerns as the LNG tanks at the Revitus station are at the highest level of filling and the next LNG shipment is scheduled for August 4, the management of the national gas system operator DESFA said.