In 5 years Serbia could have 450 RES power plants

This past May will be remembered as the date when Serbia generated a total of 11% of electricity from the wind, thus making it into the top 10 on the list of countries that use wind energy – reports Windyurope.

Such a thing usually happens once or twice a year. Furthermore, in the same month, for the first time, more electricity was produced from solar power plants than from coal-fired power plants. Experts point out that these data are good news, but that they cannot be considered a turning point and that further investments in renewable energy sources are needed.

Wind energy was well used in Serbia in May because that month was extremely windy. The European average when it comes to the use of wind energy in total electricity generation is 16.5%, but expectations are much higher in the sense that in the coming years, as we move towards 2050 and the decarbonization process, so much more electricity will be obtained from this source.

“Of course, some European countries also have power plants at sea, so their potential is greater, while we, in Serbia, will stick to the areas we have”, Danijela Isailović, director of the Renewable Energy Association, told Euronews Serbia.

Also in May, for the first time, the EU produced more electricity from solar power plants than from coal-fired power plants, the Klima 101 website reported, citing data from the expert organization Ember, which collects and analyzes data on electricity production and possibilities of transition to clean energy.

In May, Europeans got the most electricity, that is, more than a fifth, from nuclear power plants, followed by wind farms with 16.6%, while the third place is shared by hydropower plants, solar power plants and gas power plants with 14%. Only 10 percent of electricity was obtained from thermal power plants, while bioenergy accounted for almost five percent of the electricity produced.

The Law on the Use of Renewable Energy Sources in Serbia, passed in 2021, was only good on paper and could not be implemented, says Isailovic.

According to her, huge developments have recently taken place because amendments to the law were adopted, and a few days ago, bylaws and finally the first auctions for 400 megawatts of wind power plants and 50 megawatts of solar power plants were announced.

“This indicates that in the next four to five years we will have 450 new power plants that use renewable energy sources. In order to have even more of them, we have to invest in infrastructure, electricity transmission and distribution, balancing and storage”, Isailović said.

(eKapija, 09.07.2023)

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