Energy Poverty and Energy Communities' status
In Greece there is neither a clear definition of energy poverty (although a definition is expected to be established by the end of 2019), nor specific indicators for monitoring the phenomenon. Almost 6 out of 10 households are unable to meet sufficiently their energy needs, while according to a national survey on energy poverty that was conducted in 2018-2019 by INZEB, 90% of the households stated that the costs for energy services in comparison with their monthly/annual income are high to very high. At the same survey, 75% of the participants stated that they spend more than 11% of their income to cover the costs for energy services. Most national social policies, which are indirectly related to addressing energy poverty, are in the form of subsidies such as the ‘social electricity tariff’. There is a legal framework for energy cooperatives (energy communities) established, aiming to encourage investment activity in renewables, as well as for support tools, such as net metering, virtual net metering and smart power meters.
At a glance
What citizens can do
Find out your own assessment and customised tips in the toolkit section. Train to become an energy supporter or mentor and help others in your community to tackle energy poverty. Find out more about the project’s collaborations with Greek municipalities. Help us increase out outreach for a fairer and cleaner future.
Almost 6 out of 10 households are
unable to meet sufficiently their energy needs