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Mihajlovic: Energy security is key for the future of Serbia

Mihajlovic: Energy security is key for the future of Serbia

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, said today that the investment plan in mining and energy includes projects worth 17 billion euros, given that no large thermal or hydroelectric power plant has been built in Serbia in the last three decades.

"The essence of all laws, strategies and investment plans in energy is that Serbia be energy safe. We must prepare for the future, in which the energy of the sun, wind, as well as green hydrogen will play a much more important role. Due to energy stability, new gas power plants, reversible hydropower plants and energy storage facilities will also be needed. That is the path that the whole world is taking and that Serbia should follow, if we want to develop and live in a healthy environment. Of course, that does not mean that we will give up other energy capacities, especially not overnight. "If we do not want to lag behind as a country, we must jump into the" train "of the green energy transition as soon as possible," the Deputy Prime Minister said in an interview with "Politika".

Mihajlovic also reminded of the importance of energy efficiency, reminding that in Serbia, the entire production of one thermal power plant is thrown "through the window" every year, because energy consumption is four times higher than the EU average.

"Through the energy efficiency program, by the end of the year, carpentry will be replaced in 67 municipalities, insulation will be improved or new heating boilers will be installed." At the beginning of next year, a new public call will be announced for the replacement of carpentry in all other local governments, and in almost 40 municipalities, citizens will be able to install solar panels with the support of the state and become buyers - producers of electricity. If we continue to invest, in three years we can expect to reduce the consumption of electricity and heat in Serbia by as much as 20 percent, "she said.