Energy transition cannot be successful without citizen participation

Drawing on data from The Green Tank’s new review on energy communities in Greece and its lignite areas, Elvira Krithari, Journalist for the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, in her news report titled “How many people produce their own electricity” presents data on energy communities projects. Given the growing interest of citizens in self-production of energy, she focuses such projects by energy communities, but also on the significant obstacles to their development due to the lack of grid space.

Commenting on the findings of the review, Ioanna Theodosiou gave examples of energy community projects by citizens and municipalities, noting that “energy communities are cooperatives through which citizens can produce their own energy, using renewable sources, with economic and environmental benefits”. She also stressed distortions are noted in the institution of energy communities, which can be addressed by strengthening the legislative framework. Furthermore, she said that significant delays in the development of projects are long-standing, but today there are technological solutions available for energy production and storage that overcome grid problems. If resources are channelled to this direction, they can contribute directly to the development of energy community projects.

The news report was published on November 2, 2023 and it is available at