From care for clean air and global climate to fear for enough kilowatt-hours in cold days – all in the time it takes to light a match, that is the essence of the situation in Serbia in 2021 when it comes to energy.
Mere months passed from the energy minister’s triumphal attendance of the gathering dedicated to renewable energy sources at Hotel Metropol in Belgrade, glowing blue, the only one without a mask in the upcoming dark world of the delta variant, and it was barely a week after eKapija had reported the words of some western guru about how not even hydro energy was environmentally friendly or an energy of the future, leaving only wind and solar power as options, and Europe went into a blackout: electricity became as valuable as gold, and Germans, shutting down nuclear power plants, and with faith in the wind and the cold sun, started burning coal. Serbia could have gone relatively unharmed – everyone suddenly forgot how harmful burning coal is – with citizens protected from price increases, due to the lucky circumstance of the modernizing reforms being late, but with companies still affected by the market trends, if only it hadn’t been for the Kolubara mud.
Then, at TENT on the Sava, it was almost as if things failed as soon as they were recovered, resulting in the long-standing acting director of EPS leaving, although the ruling party has also put part of the blame on the minister.
At least we have cheaper fuel at gas stations.
Utility infrastructure is doing well too.
However, let’s start from the beginning and see what eKapija’s most popular articles about energy were in 2021.1. RHPP Bistrica
In the crisis-ridden December, most of you nevertheless turned to hydro power, more precisely, one of the two projects (the other is Djerdap 3), which are supposed to enable Serbia to store energy and use it for when it’s most needed, whereby wind farms are also reaching their full purpose. We’re talking about the Reversible Hydro Power Plant Bistrice. The tender for its designing has been published, and, as said, it should be based on a preliminary design from 1981, which sort of shows how long we’ve been chasing our own tail.
The planned power is 680 kW, and around a decade ago, there was talk about a price of around EUR 600 million. That would be a billion today. At least it’s not as expensive as the Belgrade Subway, and it will be useful. We’ll see what happens.2. State Wind Farm
Of the wind farms, our readers found the state’s to be the most interesting. Unlike numerous private ones, this one doesn’t exist yet. EPS has been working on that project for some time now, and when things got serious toward the end of the year, it was announced that there would be another 20 locations for wind generators within the state wind farm Kostolac
.3. Amelioration of Vinca
The bronze medal belongs to a municipal-energy topic: the transformation of the gigantic garbage disposal site in Vinca
. The concessionaire, Beo
Cista Energija doo, promised in a statement for eKapija that, three years from then, the situation would be quite different – hectares under greenery, whereas the system for the retaining of gas would help reduce evaporation and enable the production of energy.