Category: START regional profile, Location: Megalopoli, Greece, Date: May, 2020
The Peloponnese region is situated in southern part of mainland Greece, covering most of the Peloponnese peninsula. The region has an overall population of 577.903 and is divided into five prefectures (Arcadia, Argolis, Corinthia, Laconia and Messenia), which are further subdivided into 26 municipalities. The municipality of Megalopoli with a population of 10.687 hosts the lignite mines and power plant since the 1970’s. In addition, its neighbouring municipalities of Tripoli, Gortynia, Oichalia, Kalamata and Sparta are also affected by the low-carbon transformation in Greece and the European Union, as the majority of the miners and power plant workers live in Megalopoli and those surrounding municipalities. The energy transformation in Megalopoli began in 2011, with the first two plant units Megalopoli one and two being withdrawn in 2014. The withdrawal of the remaining two lignite plant units, Megalopoli three and four is planned by 2022 and 2023 respectively. Megalopoli is one of the two regions in energy transformation in Greece, with the second being Western Macedonia.