Chapter 3

Renewable Energy in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean: Current Trends and Future Developments

Simone Tagliapietra    Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Milan, Italy

Abstract

This chapter seeks to provide a clear and comprehensive overview on the various aspects related to the current status and the future prospects of renewable energy (namely solar and wind) in southern and eastern Mediterranean countries (SEMCs). SEMCs are endowed with a huge solar and wind energy potential, and the exploitation of this potential could bring various benefits to the region, such as meeting the rising energy/electricity demand at a lower cost, freeing up additional export volumes of oil and gas in energy exporting countries, reducing energy bills in energy-importing ...

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