Heating plants in Serbia should use renewable sources because coal and fuel oil raise heating prices

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The Minister of Mining and Energy of Serbia, Zorana Mihajlović, stated today that it is important that heating plants use renewable energy sources (RES) more and more, because dirty fuels, such as coal and fuel oil, will affect the growth of heating prices, her Cabinet announced.
In a statement to the Assembly of the Association “Heating Plants of Serbia”, on the occasion of the announcement of price increases from some heating plants, she said that the Ministry cannot influence the prices of communal services at the local level and that prices in that sector depend on the energy used.
“The Ministry has formed the Directorate for Energy Efficiency, in the new energy development strategy and the national integrated plan for climate and energy, a special segment is thermal energy. “n order to be able to have sustainable prices in the coming years and decades, it is crucial that heating plants use RES, because dirty fuels, coal and fuel oil will affect the growth of heating prices,” said Mihajlović.
She added that “our task is to improve the work of heating plants, to make them healthier and more efficient, and the prices are determined by local self-governments.”
She said that if the prices of fuel oil continue to rise, then talks on the price of thermal energy will follow with the representatives of local self-governments and the Ministry of Finance.
Mihajlović said that the thermal energy sector is equally important in the process of energy transition and in improving the country’s energy security, and that the modernization of heating plants is necessary due to increased energy efficiency and the use of energy sources that do not pollute the environment, such as fuel oil and coal.
According to her, more than half of the heating plants in Serbia use gas, but it is necessary, as she said, to get thermal energy from RES in the coming years and decades.
“The emission of carbon dioxide emitted by heating plants is 1.2 million tons per year. Through joint plans and projects, we must significantly reduce emissions of harmful gases and use more efficient and healthier energy sources,” said Mihajlović, Danas reports.