The European Commission welcomed on Wednesday the opening of the new power station in Mykonos, underlining that it represents an important step towards completing the energy interconnection of the Cyclades with mainland Greece; the integration, it said, will allow the islands to benefit from a more stable supply and more environmentally friendly energy.
Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretsu said: “I welcome the inauguration and I would like to congratulate the Greek authorities who have completed this work. Europe will continue to support its energy interconnection with other Cycladic islands.”
The interconnection of the Cyclades with the mainland electricity network was co-funded by the 2007-2013 EU programme. The total EU contribution to the project is estimated at 176 million euros. The benefits of this interconnection will be around 80 million euros a year, which will be reflected on the bills, the Commission stressed in its anouncement.
It also pointed out that the islands will turn from electricity generation with obsolete diesel generators to electricity from natural gas, which is a more environmentally friendly source of energy. The project continues and, once completed, 13 Cycladic islands will be connected to the mainland, the Commission noted.