Visar Azemi

Visar Azemi is coordinator for the Kosovo Civil Society Consortium for Sustainable Development.

IEEFA Update: Kosovo’s Latest Coal-Plant Plan Would Violate EU Standards for Market Competition

IEEFA Update: Kosovo’s Latest Coal-Plant Plan Would Violate EU Standards for Market Competition

Project Puts a Small Country's Economy at Risk; Deal Locks in Profits for U.S. Developer ContourGlobal While Offering Little Transparency

A recent Kosovo government announcement of a contract with U.S. developer ContourGlobal to build a new coal-fired power plant in Pristina appears to be in violation of European state-aid rules. The deal, which awards ContourGlobal a no-bid contract to build a 450-megawatt (MW) plant that would burn domestically produced lignite, effectively serves as a barrier […]

Obstacles to Building Renewable Power in Kosovo Are Political, Not Technical

The Government of Kosovo, World Bank and Obama Administration Are Using Misleading Information to Attack Renewable Energy Potential; New Projects are Behind Schedule

Proponents of building a new coal-fired power plant in Kosovo have argued that the plant is needed because Kosovo has very limited ability to support a significant build out of wind and solar power resources. But a closer look at the situation shows that the obstacles to renewable energy development in Kosovo are more political […]

Renewables Would Be a Far Cheaper Way to Power Kosovo Than What the World Bank Wants to Do

Renewables Would Be a Far Cheaper Way to Power Kosovo Than What the World Bank Wants to Do

Research Shows Little Justification for a New Coal-Fired Project

A preponderance of evidence supports our view that renewable energy would be cheaper and cleaner than the proposed coal-fired New Kosovo Power Plant. Research we’ve looked at (including by Lazard, Agora Energiewinde, and the International Renewable Energy Agency) covers energy markets in well over 20 nations and makes clear that the cost of electricity generated […]

Shame on the World Bank for Supporting an Absurdly Expensive Coal-Fired Electricity Project in Kosovo

Financing a Project That Makes Struggling Households Worse Off

The lignite-fired New Kosovo Power Plant project has been under development for more than a decade, yet there is still an astonishing lack of official information about it. What little detail has emerged now and again has changed from year to year, even while the bid-invitation procedure has been going on. The mines and rehabilitation […]

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