Cretans had the opportunity to participate in two very interesting events in Heraklion and Arkalochori, on October 20 and 21.

This is a two-day information and training session on dealing with energy poverty held within the framework of the "Energy Advisors and Mentors" Educational Program, which is organized by INZEB in collaboration with the Minoan Energy Community and is under the auspices of the Region of Crete.

From the targeted speeches that took place, the need to change the behavior of households and businesses regarding the use of energy and the importance of energy efficiency interventions in buildings was highlighted.

At the same time, the participants familiarized themselves with the toolkit that has been developed in the framework of the POWERPOOR project to identify and alleviate energy-vulnerable households.

Particular emphasis was placed on promoting the culture of citizen participation in open collaborative schemes such as broad-based Energy Communities, which will allow them to become not only consumers but also producers of their own energy.

The program provides certification as an Energy Consultant and Mentor, through an evaluation process, in order to further promote the dissemination of both good practices in the use of energy and ways of dealing with energy poverty, through the creation and participation in Energy Communities.

At a critical occasion, where energy emerges as the major issue for Europe, this initiative takes on particular importance. And this is proven both by the number of participants and by the variety of their specialties.

It is a fact that living in insufficiently heated or cool households negatively affects human health and well-being. Furthermore, people who are unable to meet their basic energy needs are often unable to be active members of society.

Greece is one of the poorest energy countries in Europe and at the same time has an incredible solar and wind wealth. The implementation of good practices in the use of energy, the energy upgrading of buildings and infrastructures and the participation of citizens in broad-based Energy Communities can provide a solution to the problem.

Just a few days after Minoan Energy Community was awarded on 26/9/2022 for its first photovoltaic park at the European Sustainable Energy Week EUSEW 2022, a second award comes to certify its dynamic course.

More specifically, the Sustainable Actions for Viable Energy (SAVE) project funded by the NESOI project of Horizon 2020 won the audience award at the European Commission's Islands Gamechanger competition, held in Brussels on Tuesday 11 October 2022, in the context of the European Week of the Regions and Cities.

The project in question concerns the design of an intelligent electricity network within the boundaries of the three Municipalities - members of the Community and the preparation of energy upgrade studies for the municipal swimming pool and indoor gymnasium in Arkalochori.

The award ceremony was opened by Tonino Picula, Member of the European Parliament and President of the SEArica cross-party group, who in his short speech highlighted the need for initiatives to decarbonise EU islands and recognized the importance of the projects submitted in the competition.

See the presentation of the project by the professor of the Hellenic Mediterranean University Dimitris Katsaprakakis here

The President of Minoan Energy Charalambos Giannopoulos was hosted on Radio Crete and Manolis Argyrakis' talk show

Many topics were discussed in this comprehensive discussion: From practical issues of member participation, the course of the next projects that are planned and implemented, to energy policies and its paradoxes. Special mention was made of the awarding of the Community with the first prize, within the framework of the European Sustainable Energy Week, in the category "Local Actions for Energy"

Those who did not manage to watch the interview that took place on the morning of Wednesday 10/05/2022 have the opportunity to listen to it from the Community channel on Youtube and at the following link:

The President of the Minoan Energy Community, Charalambos Giannopoulos, had an interesting intervention on the Parliament Channel and Ms. Matronis Diakiakou's show "Membership Card", last Saturday October 8th.

The subject of the show is the energy policies and the humanitarian energy projects

It is precisely this humanitarian dimension of its projects that Minoan Energy wants to emphasize, which by its statute is an Open Community. This means that every citizen has the right to become a member and participate in the Energy Transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

In the first net metering energy projects of the Minoan Energy Community, more emphasis was placed on households affected by the energy crisis. The projects planned for the coming months are clearly larger and can cover, in addition to households, the increased energy needs of small and medium-sized businesses in Crete.

We invite all citizens and businesses of the island to become members of the Community, gaining equal rights and access to the energy wealth of our country

In Thessaloniki, at the program event Congregate MINOAN ENERGY present the project and the collaborations it has developed both with local government bodies and with domestic and European partners.

The aim of the event was to discuss the results of the feasibility studies for the establishment of energy communities in the form of Public Private Partnerships in the nine beneficiary municipalities from the three project countries, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Greece, and to present the next steps that have been scheduled.

The conference organized by INZEB, the "Urban Non-Profit Organization for Achieving Zero Energy Balance", which promotes ways to tackle energy poverty, and the establishment of public-private partnerships for renewable energy.

At the meeting of the partners of Bulgaria, Greece and the Czech Republic, which took place at the Lazarte Hotel on September 30, 2022, MINOAN ENERGY as a participatory citizen initiative, as well as the multifaceted support of the Region of Crete as its main shareholder, were once again an example of good practice for the Greek and European energy ecosystem.

The invited were representatives of the Government, the Local Self-Government of the first and second degree, the European Parliament, as well as representatives of the scientific community.

MINOAN ENERGY was represented by its member of the Board of Directors and special advisor of the Region of Crete, Ermioni Gialiti, who presented the activities of the Community so far, as well as the initiatives to strengthen participatory processes by the Region, implementing in practice the policies of Effective Governance and of active environmental management.

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