Stathakis announces three draft bills dealing with land cadastre, electric power issues

The environment and energy ministry is currently preparing three draft bills dealing with the merger of the land cadastre service with property deeds registers, energy communities and a Greek energy exchange, Environment and Energy Minister George Stathakis said on Saturday, speaking at the Capital Vision conference in Athens.

The first of the three draft bills, on energy communities, could be ready next week and aims to reinforce decentralised power production by municipalities, private individuals and companies, who will be able to sell part of the power they produce to the national grid, Stathakis said.

The land cadastre bill will be ready next month, he said, while the aim was that the country will have a spatial plan, land cadastre and forest maps that create security for investments by 2020. The
legislation for a Greek energy exchange will also be ready soon, he added, and start operating within 2018 to create new energy markets in line with Community law.

Lignite coal will remain part of the Greek energy mix, the minister noted, while allowing Greece to meet targets for lowering carbon emissions by 2030. The sale of 40 pct of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) power capacity will be completed in 2018, in line with the commitments made by Greece following a relevant European court decision, he said.

On renewable energy sources, Stathakis said that their share of power production must be close to 50 pct by 2030, from 29 pct at present.