In Serbia, 26.3% of energy comes from renewable sources

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According to Eurostat data for 2020, the share of renewable sources (RES) in the total energy produced in our country was 26.3%, which is very close to the set target of 27% for last year. The share of RES in electricity consumption was almost equal to one third – 30.7%, while in 2019 it was 28.7%.
Of the countries in the region for which data are available, electricity from exclusively renewable sources in 2020 was consumed by Albania (100%), Montenegro 61.5%, Croatia more than half (53.8%), and Romania 43.4 %. In Slovenia, the share of RES in electricity consumption was 35.1%, in Bulgaria 23.6%, and in Hungary 11.9%.
Serbia received the most electricity from renewable sources from hydroelectric power plants – 859.8 kilotons of oil equivalent, and then wind – 82.9 kilotons of oil equivalent. 1.7 kilotons of oil equivalent were obtained from solid biofuels and 1.1 kilotons from solar energy.
From all other renewable sources, which include the production of electricity from gaseous and liquid biofuels, municipal waste, geothermal energy and others, 14.9 kilotons of oil equivalent were consumed.
The highest growth of almost 20 kilotons of oil equivalent in 2020, compared to the year before, was recorded in our country by wind power plants.
The share of RES in transport in our country was 1.2% during 2020. Of the countries in the region, the highest share was recorded in Hungary 11.6%, followed by Slovenia 10.9%, Romania 8.5%, Croatia 6.6%, while that share in Montenegro and Albania is lower than 1%.
It should be reminded that the Ministry of Mining and Energy recently told eKapija that although there are no official data for 2020 yet, they expect the share of RES in electricity consumption to be around 25%.
– Data for 2020 will be published in February 2022 and they are expected to change significantly based on detailed research conducted by order of the Energy Community. These studies have shown that the consumption of biomass in Serbia is much higher than previously calculated, so the share of RES in gross final energy consumption is realistically higher and is expected to be about 25%, or much closer to the previously set target of 27% in 2020 – stated from the ministry.
Minister of Mining and Energy Zorana Mihajlovic said in April this year that Serbia’s vision is at least 40% of energy produced from renewable sources by 2040.
It should be reminded that the Government of Serbia recently passed two decrees concerning the regulation of the field of renewable energy sources. These are the Regulation on the market premium and the Regulation on the model contract on the market premium.
Recently, the Board of Directors of the Renewable Energy Sources Association of Serbia expressed concern for the future of renewable energy sources in Serbia, and after determining the maximum purchase price for auctions for electricity from wind farms, which financial institutions and banks not to finance projects, eKapija reports.