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Romania plans tripling of solar capacity to 4.25 gigawatts by 2030

Balkan Green Energy News: Solar photovoltaic capacity in Romania is projected to triple during 2021-2030, from 1.39 GW in 2020 to 4.25 GW in 2030, according to a report titled Romania Power Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2021 – Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape. The Romanian government is expected to establish a coal commission […]

October 25, 2021 Read More →

European Commission president: Renewables will avoid price spikes

Reuters: European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday the issue of high energy prices was serious, adding it was paramount that the EU invested in renewables over the long term to avoid future spikes. “I think we have to be very clear that the gas prices are skyrocketing. But the renewables, the […]

October 6, 2021 Read More →

Study: Balkans coal-fired plants responsible for thousands of deaths

Bloomberg Green ($): Pollution from coal-fired power stations on the European Union’s southeastern border are estimated to have caused thousands of deaths in the region due to breaches of legally-binding limits on harmful emissions. The 18 coal plants operating in Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Montenegro were responsible for 19,000 deaths over […]

September 7, 2021 Read More →

North Macedonia considering three solar, wind plants for 210 MW

Balkan Green Energy News: State-owned power utility ESM is seeking consultants for feasibility studies for solar power plants of 60 MW and 100 MW in Bitola and its 50 MW Miravci wind power project in Gevgelija. After Germany’s KfW Development Bank provided a EUR 2.4 million grant to North Macedonia to produce feasibility and environmental […]

August 13, 2021 Read More →

Bulgaria mulls rapid close of all coal-fired power plants

Balkan Green Energy News: A combination of measures and investments from the current version of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan may lead to a rapid coal exit in Bulgaria, according to an analysis. The country told the European Union that it would replace its largest coal-fired thermal power plan with gas and that it […]

August 5, 2021 Read More →

Largest agro-solar project in Europe at 660MW planned for Serbia

Balkan Green Energy News: Fintel Energija and MK Group have announced the Agrosolar Kula project, a simultaneous production of agricultural crops and electricity from solar energy in the same area. The companies plan to install solar panels with a total installed capacity of 660 MW. Agrosolar Kula envisages an investment of EUR 340 million and […]

July 26, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA Europe: Western Balkans Take a Step Away From Coal Power, and Toward the EU

Albania, Croatia and Kosovo Have Made Tentative Moves in Just the Past Week or So Toward Greener, More Integrated Electricity Markets

Albania, Croatia and Kosovo have made tentative steps in just the past week or so toward greener and more integrated market-driven electricity networks. We have argued before that the introduction of competitive electricity markets, coupled with greater cross-border connections and renewable power, is the way forward for the Western Balkans. Such an approach will help […]

June 24, 2016 Read More →

A Test Now for the Western Balkans: Adhere to the Past or Embrace a New Energy Economy?

Entrenched Interests Are Ignoring a Crucial Stepping-Stone Toward EU Membership 

Emerging still from the civil wars that followed the collapse of Yugoslavia a generation ago, the six countries of the Western Balkans today face an unprecedented energy-policy moment. The essential question facing Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, and Serbia: Whether to adhere to a costly coal-fired electricity-generation past or embrace the new global energy […]

May 11, 2016 Read More →