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Representatives of United States visit KOSTT

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January 22, 2016

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Senior economic official of the Embassy of the United States in Kosovo* Tod Christiansen, representative of the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Scott Cameron, and project management specialist Arben Nagavci visited the seat of KOSTT – Transmission, System and Market Operator JSC, and met Mustafë Hasani, its chief executive, and his associates.

The topic of the meeting was the support to the energy sector in Kosovo*, namely the progress of USAID’s Repower project, which includes KOSTT. Through consulting, Repower-Kosovo* contributed with the study on the benefits of the common power market of Kosovo* and Albania, KOSTT’s steps towards the power exhange that is being created in Albania. The five-year project supports Kosovo* to modernize the country’s electricity sector and open the door to clean energy projects for more consistent, more reliable and affordable energy supply.

The USD 12 million (EUR 11 million) endeavour, launched in October of 2014, aims to deliver innovative technical assistance and capacity building solutions by applying tested approaches and leveraging existing networks. It facilitated a connection agreement between KOSTT and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (Entso-E). It also completed the power tariff review process to allow licensees to recover sufficient revenues to provide regulated electricity service. Repower initiated the procedure to enable small renewable energy producers to construct capacities with a simplified administrative process. It also completed the first steps for planned unbundling of the Kosovo Energy Company (KEK).

 

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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