The winner of the Energy Islands category of the EU Sustainable Energy Awards for 2017 will be announced next Tuesday as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) (19-25 June). There are three further categories (Businesses, Public Sector and Consumers): today is the deadline to cast your vote for any of the nominees in the 2017 Citizens’ Award.
- Bornholm - the Bright Green Island (Bornholm, Denmark). The 40 000 inhabitants of the island of Bornholm are fully reliant on renewable energy. Fossil fuel usage has been replaced by wind turbines, photovoltaic installations and a power and heating planted fuelled by biogas and biomass. Households have also converted from oil-fired burners to district heating, heat pumps and solar heating. Bornholm is well on the way to becoming carbon-neutral by 2025.
- European Small Islands Federation - Simskäla Island (Aland Islands, Finland). The two main businesses, a commercial vegetable greenhouse and an inn, on the small island of Simskäla now run on sustainable energy. The greenhouse is heated by energy extracted from the sea, and the inn uses geothermal heating (in addition to a wind turbine and solar cells). There are plans to convert the ferry that provides access to the island to use low-carbon energy.
- Tilos Island (Tilos, Greece). The remote island of Tilos near Rhodes is the site of Greece's first hybrid, renewable energy-based battery station and smart microgrid, of which construction will begin this summer. Currently it uses oil-based electricity from the neighbouring island of Kos via an undersea cable that is prone to problems; the new system will enable it to use wind and solar energy and store this for later use. The smart microgrid will isolate Tilos if the cable fails.
Today is also your last chance to sign up to attend the EUSEW Policy Conference. Held on 20-22 June as part of EUSEW, it will bring together public authorities, energy agencies, industry associations, businesses, civil society organisations and the media to discuss sustainable energy and exchange ideas.