In December 1993, within the framework of implementing regional energy policy and in pursuit of establishing Crete as preferential area for extensive applications of Renewable Energy Sources in Europe and in Mediterranean, the Region of Crete has founded the Regional Energy Agency.
In December 1993, within the framework of implementing regional energy policy the Region of Crete has founded its Regional Energy Agency (REAC), which is operative via the Regional Development Fund of Crete.
The main idea was that the island of Crete, disposing a large variety of social and economic activities, with well defined “borders” and with high potential of energy saving and of Renewable Energy Sources, is suitable place for the implementation of new regional energy and climate policies and technologies of energy innovation and entrepreneurship through multilevel governance.
Currently, Crete disposes nearly all kind of renewable energy sources and technologies: 25 wind farms (200,2 MW), 480.000m2 of Solar Thermal Systems, Photovoltaics (105 MW), Solar (shallow) geothermal systems, biomass (thermal energy from the olive kernel),3 biogas installations etc. Energy saving in public and private buildings and industry, energy innovation and technology transfer, energy planning for local authorities are some of the recent projects.
The areas of excellence of the Agency are:
Energy, Environment – Climate Change, Renewable Energy Sources, Clean Energy Transition, Energy Saving and Rational Use of Energy, Energy Innovation and European and International Co-operation.
More than 70 European competitive and national projects have been implemented in all related fields.
In parallel, the Regional Energy Agency of Crete participates actively in National and European networks: FEDARENE, The European Sustainable Cities and Towns Campaign, the ManagEnergy Initiative etc
In 2001, the Region of Crete and its Energy Agency has been honored by the European Commission with the first award for the Best Regional Renewable Energy Partnership (in the framework of the 2001 Campaign for Take-off Awards).