The term "Renewable Energy Sources" (RES), according to Directive 2001/77/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27th September 2001, means renewable non-fossil energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tidal, hydropower, biomass, landfill gas, sewage treatment plant gas and biogases.
Renewable Energy Sources have internationally been recognised as a cornerstone for the promotion of sustainable development and environmental protection, for reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases and at the same time as means for diversification of the energy sources and fossil fuels.
Within the context of the goals and commitments of the Republic against the European Union for electricity generation from RES, reaching a 6% of the total electricity consumption up to 2010, legislation has been established so as to encourage the use of RES. More specifically, the Special Fund Schemes of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism provide substantial incentives for investments in the sector.
The TSO supports each such interest in practice. Through the TSO and the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC), the Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority (CEΡΑ) has established rules, which put forward financial incentives for investments in the sector and provide beneficial treatment of RES during system operation and load dispatch, according to the Transmission and Distribution Rules (Chapter T16).
Up to present, a great interest from companies has emerged for construction of Wind Farm Power Stations (WFPS). Because of the interest shown and the special characteristics of the electricity system in Cyprus, but also in the context of national goals regarding electricity generation from RES, the TSO is in the process of investigating the effect that a large wind penetration may have on the system, particularly with regards to system reliability, security and stability.
Due to the great interest companies have showed for constructing Wind Farm Power Stations (WFPS), the Department of Town Planning and Housing has prepared an Advisory/ Indicative Map for Developing of Wind Farm Power Stations (WFPS) in Cyprus. Use the following internet address to see the greek version of the Map: