The minister of mining and energy of Serbia, Zorana Mihajlovic, has stated that “those who want to see Serbia as energy-independent in 10, 20 and 30 years too, will advocate investments in green energy and not reliance on resources which are scarce in it, such as gas, or total dependence on coal”.
In an interview for Novi Magazin, she pointed out that a special ministry should be in charge of this issue, and that the solution did not lie in stopping the energy transition of Serbia, but in cooperation and planning of development of the electrical energy system and investments in new energy capacities.
– The Law on the Use of RES went through a wide public discussion and its preparation included, along with the ministry, precisely those companies which are now requesting amendments and the delay of the implementation of this regulation. The construction of any power plant requires money, but it seems that, for some, there’s a problem only when money is being invested in power plants which use RES. We’re talking capacities whose construction is planned for the next decade or two, and not power plants which can be connected to the network tomorrow, in a month or in a year. On the other hand, they don’t seem to have any apprehensions about coal-based power plants, which will fairly soon be burdened by carbon taxes in Serbia too, which would considerably raise the costs of EPS. On the other hand, the costs of the production of energy from renewable sources are lowering – Mihajlovic pointed out, as said in an announcement by the Ministry of Mining and Energy.
She said that the problem of balancing, which is presented as an unbreakable barrier to the development of RES, was something that other countries faced too and that the solution did not lie in stopping the energy transition, but in building new energy capacities, which primarily pertains to reversible hydro power plants Bistrica and Djerdap 3.
– This field is so important for development that it’s not enough to only have one law, but the new government should also have a separate ministry for green transformation and energy efficiency. I believe that a clean and healthy Serbia is what we should leave to the future generations and that giving up on green energy is not something that most people in Serbia agree with. I believe that it would be very important and useful to re-commence the discussion about this issue and see who is in favor of and who is against green energy, as well as who is in favor of it in theory, while working against it through its activities or lack of activities – Mihajlovic said.
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