While Europe is already working on energy transformation and is considering closing coal-fired power plants, Serbia remains on the same ‘energy corridor’, i.e. it will continue producing energy from coal.
As Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić recently announced the 40-year-long overhaul of block B1 at the Nikola Tesla thermal power plant in Obrenovac is finally over. When the boilers in this block are switched on again on 18 November, Serbia will no longer have to borrow electricity from the Republic of Srpska, because, the authorities say, there will be enough for all the country’s needs and more.
As much as 68% of electricity comes from coal of extremely poor quality. Although Europe and the world are moving to make coal a thing of the past, Serbia is not giving up on coal. However, the Energy Community states in its 2020 report that Serbia had committed to closing coal-fired thermal power plants with this timeline: the Kolubara A3 Thermal Power Plant in August 2021, the Morava Thermal Power Plant in June 2022 and the Kolubara A5 Thermal Power Plant in December 2023.
Can there be sanctions from the Energy Community for Serbia if it does not fulfil its obligations? President Vucic says he has not heard of anyone in Europe being punished for not shutting down its coal-fired power plants. Experts, however, warn that the energy future cannot be based on coal, and goods from “dirty industries” will be taxed separately.
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