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Serbia’s energy transition: Balancing coal and renewables for a sustainable future

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Serbia’s transition away from coal is a challenging and complex endeavor. The government emphasizes the need for a fair and sustainable energy shift that involves cooperation from various stakeholders, including energy companies, professionals, businesses, and citizens. The Electric Power Industry of Serbia underscores the manifold benefits of generating green energy, not only for the state-owned power utility EPS but for the entire society. Additionally, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (EMS) is gearing up to support the development of nuclear power plants.

While Serbia is committed to embracing renewable energy sources, the transition away from coal-fired plants will be gradual and carefully coordinated. Minister of Mining and Energy, Dubravka Đedović Handanović, reassures that the expansion of renewable energy capacities will not compromise the country’s energy security. Rather, it aims to enhance the system’s resilience and ensure uninterrupted electricity supply for all citizens.

EPS plans to invest in new wind, solar, and hydroelectric projects, including the construction of the “Bistrica” hydroelectric plant and regional collaborations to tap into the energy potential of the Drina River. Additionally, EPS is preparing for potential levies imposed on polluters in Europe, which could indirectly affect energy-intensive and export-oriented companies.

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Efforts are also underway to strengthen Serbia’s transmission infrastructure, with four new transmission corridors in progress. This initiative aims to enhance the country’s capacity to integrate and store energy from renewable sources. Furthermore, EMS is exploring avenues to support nuclear energy, echoing sentiments expressed by counterparts in neighboring countries like Slovenia.

The approval of Investment and Development Plans by the Energy Agency of Serbia aligns with the country’s long-term energy strategy and European objectives. These plans are instrumental in modernizing Serbia’s transmission system and ensuring its compatibility with European energy networks.

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