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Kosovo’s switch to renewable energy will be slow

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Significance

The strategy envisages the installation of 1,600 megawatts of renewable power generation capacity as well as investment into coal. Soaring prices and electricity shortages are putting pressure on Kosovo to upgrade its energy system. The country depends on lignite-burning power facilities which are insufficient to meet local demand and are at odds with EU rules.

Impacts

  • The focus on renewables may bring in funds from the EU and other international donors.
  • Failure to ensure energy sustainability limits Kosovo’s capacity to attract foreign investment.
  • Poor air quality is due not only to domestic wood-burning but also lignite-fired power plants.

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