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IEEFA: Renewables’ strong performance and falling costs can help Kosovo break from a coal-powered past

IEEFA: Renewables’ strong performance and falling costs can help Kosovo break from a coal-powered past

Economics, EU membership ambitions point to renewables as best path for country’s future electricity needs

October 29, 2020 (IEEFA) — Strong performance by Kosovo’s first large-scale wind and solar farms show the coal-dominated, Western Balkan country can exploit falling renewables costs and green lending appetite to align better with a low-carbon European transition and reduce losses from stranded fossil fuel assets. According to a new report by the Institute for […]

Performanca e fortë e burimeve të ripërtëritshme dhe rënia e kostove mund të ndihmojnë Kosovën të shkëputet nga e kaluara e furnizuar me qymyr

Performanca e fortë e burimeve të ripërtëritshme dhe rënia e kostove mund të ndihmojnë Kosovën të shkëputet nga e kaluara e furnizuar me qymyr

Ekonomia, ambiciet për anëtarësim në BE drejtojnë nga burimet e ripërtëritshme si rruga më e mirë për nevojat e ardhshme të energjisë për vendin.

29 tetor 2020 (IEEFA) – Performanca e mirë nga fermat e para të erës dhe diellit në shkallë të gjerë në Kosovë tregon se vendi i Ballkanit Perëndimor i dominuar nga qymyri mund të shfrytëzojë rënien e kostove të ripërtëritshme dhe gatshmërinë për kredi të gjelbëra për tu lidhur më mirë me një tranzicion evropian […]

Coal Won’t Solve the Energy Poverty Problem

Times Have Changed; Old Electricity-Generation Models Don’t Work Anymore

Coal-fired electricity is no longer the economy builder its proponents say it is. Time was when coal in fact did contribute to growth in many economies, but times have changed. Today governments and private interests worldwide concede—even emphasize—the economic and environmental dysfunction of coal. We’ve just published an IEEFA Briefing Note (“Energy Poverty, Then and […]

March 3, 2016 Read More →
The World Bank’s Bad Energy-Policy Call in Kosovo

The World Bank’s Bad Energy-Policy Call in Kosovo

The Wrong Move at the Wrong Time for a Small Country in Eastern Europe

We’ve just published a study concluding that the proposed coal-fired New Kosovo Power Plant—if it’s built—would increase electricity prices by as much as 50 percent in Kosovo and damage the economy of the small country. The study, “The Proposed New Kosovo Power Plant: An Unnecessary Burden at an Unreasonable Price,” ( also see Albanian version) urges the […]

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IEEFA: Renewables’ strong performance and falling costs can help Kosovo break from a coal-powered past
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IEEFA: Renewables’ strong performance and falling costs can help Kosovo break from a coal-powered past

Economics, EU membership ambitions point to renewables as best path for country’s future electricity needs

October 29, 2020 (IEEFA) — Strong performance by Kosovo’s first large-scale wind and solar farms show the coal-dominated, Western Balkan country can exploit falling renewables costs and green lending appetite to align better with a low-carbon European transition and reduce losses from stranded fossil fuel assets. According to a new report by the Institute for […]

Performanca e fortë e burimeve të ripërtëritshme dhe rënia e kostove mund të ndihmojnë Kosovën të shkëputet nga e kaluara e furnizuar me qymyr
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Performanca e fortë e burimeve të ripërtëritshme dhe rënia e kostove mund të ndihmojnë Kosovën të shkëputet nga e kaluara e furnizuar me qymyr

Ekonomia, ambiciet për anëtarësim në BE drejtojnë nga burimet e ripërtëritshme si rruga më e mirë për nevojat e ardhshme të energjisë për vendin.

29 tetor 2020 (IEEFA) – Performanca e mirë nga fermat e para të erës dhe diellit në shkallë të gjerë në Kosovë tregon se vendi i Ballkanit Perëndimor i dominuar nga qymyri mund të shfrytëzojë rënien e kostove të ripërtëritshme dhe gatshmërinë për kredi të gjelbëra për tu lidhur më mirë me një tranzicion evropian […]

ContourGlobal pulls the plug on planned 500MW coal plant in Kosovo

Reuters: London-listed power generator ContourGlobal has halted plans to build a 500 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Kosovo, and said it will make no further coal plant investments. The project would have provided around half of the electricity demand of the Balkan country which is struggling with power shortages. “We will not develop or acquire […]

March 17, 2020 Read More →

Kosovo moving forward with 105MW wind farm

Construction Europe: Kosovo is set to more than double its installed renewable energy capacity, with the construction of a 105MW wind farm in Bajgora. The project got the go-ahead following the award of a loan for €58 million from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The loan will cover approximately half of the […]

December 18, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA Europe: World Bank says renewable energy, efficiency are Kosovo’s least-cost electricity options

IEEFA Europe: World Bank says renewable energy, efficiency are Kosovo’s least-cost electricity options

Report undercuts push for investing in expensive new coal plant

The Balkan republic of Kosovo can meet its future electricity needs at least cost by scaling up its renewable energy resources, investing in energy efficiency and cleaning up the country’s existing coal generation, according to an unpublished World Bank study, which reveals why the bank last year withdrew support for a new coal-fired power plant. […]

December 3, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA update: New renewable energy projects undercut business case for coal in Kosovo

IEEFA update: New renewable energy projects undercut business case for coal in Kosovo

Support from European development bank playing a key role in changing economics

New deals to develop wind and solar power in Kosovo are likely to kill off any remaining business case for new coal, already on the brink of collapse after the World Bank withdrew from financing a proposed new plant in October last year. The World Bank at the time proposed a package of less polluting, […]

October 24, 2019 Read More →

Environmentalists look to block latest attempt to build new coal plant in Kosovo

Reuters: Environmentalist groups on Monday filed a complaint with the European Union’s energy watchdog challenging the legality of a power purchase agreement for a planned $1.3 billion coal-fired power plant in Kosovo. Kosovo and London-listed power firm ContourGlobal picked on May 3 a consortium of General Electric subsidiaries to build the 500-megawatt plant, which is […]

May 13, 2019 Read More →

European development bank backs away from financing coal projects

SeeNews: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has issued a draft energy sector strategy that it will not finance coal projects, it said on Wednesday, following a statement by an environmental group that the international lender is not considering support for a coal-fired power plant project in Kosovo. “We have issued a draft […]

November 20, 2018 Read More →

World Bank says no to planned Kosovo coal plant

London South East: The World Bank said on Wednesday it would not support a planned 500-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Kosovo, the first major energy project in the Balkan country in more than two decades. Kosovo’s government had asked the Washington-based lender to provide it partial risk guarantees that would help unlock cheaper loans […]

October 11, 2018 Read More →

On the blogs: German study sees viable transition to renewable power generation in Kosovo

Germanwatch.org: Not only is an energy transition technically possible, given the country’s great potentials in wind and solar, as well as excellent options for connections to Albanian hydropower. An energy transition even is a necessity in order to reduce CO2 emissions, improve air quality and open up economic and social opportunities for Europe’s youngest country. […]

August 8, 2018 Read More →