Investment depends on government taking share of risk


June 18, 2015





June 18, 2015




Out of initial 15 thermal plants, only the ones in Nova Varoš, Prijepolje, Mali Zvornik and Priboj will switch to biomass, in a project funded by KfW Development Bank, Miloš Banjac, assistant minister for mining and energy, said at the Energy Day conference. The project’s value has thus come down to EUR 20 million, Banjac said. The yearly event was organised fourth time in a row by the Society of Thermal Engineers of Serbia, in cooperation with Energoprojekt Entel AD within the European Union’s Sustainable Energy Week initiative – EUSEW.

Serbia and Albania advanced the most within the Energy Community in relation to the implementation of EU’s Third Energy Package, Janez Kopač, director of the Energy Community Secretariat, said during his presentation. The biggest problems are in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Macedonia, the latter actually taking a step back, as consumers weren’t allowed to choose a power supplier, he added. “Energy Union is an efficient political slogan, as it perpetuates and intensifies discussions on what it really represents and on energy policy of the EU, which is at a crossroads. We are moving ever deeper into the field of renewable energy sources and the decarbonisation of the economy, with problems emerging, so they are to be solved through energy policy,” Kopač stated.

Green economy is a driver of economic growth and the number of jobs in that sector has risen significantly in the EU, despite the recession, said Freek Janmaat, head of the European integration section of the Delegation of the EU in Serbia. Agenda for renewable energy sources and climate change isn’t exclusive of growth policy, as evidence shows that the EU curbed emission of greenhouse gasses by 19% since 1990, while its gross domestic product grew by 45%, he added. Janmaat said Serbia needs clarity about the division of risks between the government and investors in renewables. The state should find balance between the difficult situation it is in and its commitment to the target of 27% share of renewable energy, and stimulate those projects, he underscored.

Development of power generation from renewable sources will bring huge amounts of electricity, which may help bringing its price down in a few decades, even to less than zero, making investment unprofitable, Arthur Heberle, vice president of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe, told Balkan Green Energy News. A major problem is volatility in generation, because there is, for instance, a lot of power from solar panels during the day, and none at night, or sometimes there is very little sunshine, he added, suggesting storage costs are a very important factor. “The best would be to reduce carbon dioxide emissions as much as we can, using the technology that would make it economical at the time. Conventional plants will remain, though,” Heberle said. At the conference, he presented the case of Germany in energy sustainability in Europe.

Related Articles

Solar power generation to increase ten times in Montenegro energy balance

Solar power generation to increase tenfold in Montenegro next year

25 November 2022 - According to the estimate in the Energy Balance of Montenegro for 2023, electricity production will drop 12.63% this year

Austria can reach 1,2 GW with additional solar in 2022

Austria set to add over 1 GW in solar power in 2022

25 November 2022 - Austria is on track to install more than 1 GW in photovoltaics this year and as much as 1.5 GW every year

Four times more installed power plants in North Macedonia in 2022

North Macedonia’s regulator issues 200 licenses for renewable electricity plants in 2022

25 November 2022 - The Energy and Water Services Regulatory Commission issued 200 licenses this year for electricity production from renewable sources

Albania applications solar power 151 MW

Albania receives applications for solar power projects of 151 MW in total

25 November 2022 - Applications for solar power projects sent to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania include one of the largest ones so far, for 93 MW