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Mihajlovic: Energy is as important for the security of the country as defense

Mihajlovic: Energy is as important for the security of the country as defense

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, Prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, said that greater use of RES in energy production is a way to be energy sufficient, independent and safe and that if we do not change the structure of the energy mix, we will not have enough energy in the future, which will threaten national security.

"Serbia needs new electricity capacities, especially those that use RES in order to maintain energy security in the next 20, 30 and 50 years. The biggest mistake will be if we do not build new capacities, but continue to use coal, and use lignite of the lowest quality and existing HPPs. That will not be enough for the development of the state and in 20 years we will have a problem, "she said.

Deputy Prime Minister said that there are investors interested in the construction of reversible hydropower, solar and wind power plants, and that it is necessary for the state to ensure the development of the energy sector.

"The basic thing is to have a plan and to know what we want. Do we want various lobbies that are turning energy backwards for their own interests, or do we want to develop? Do we want to profit or lose? "Now is the time to decide what we want in the next 20, 30, 50 years and to understand that energy is just as important for the security of the state as defense," she said.