BGF and Germanwatch organize the second workshop on Energy Transition in Kosovo within MAP project

Prishtina, October the 4th, 2018 – Balkan Green Foundation (BGF) and Germanwatch organized the second workshop on the topic of “Rethinking Security of Supply in an Energy Transition” as part of the Multi-Actor Partnership (MAP), a three-year project which started on November 2017. The workshop is one of several project activities that support our objective of creating a societally shared vision for an energy transition towards a regionally embedded sustainable energy future.

This workshop brought together the Core Team, which consists of relevant stakeholders from public institutions and civil society organizations that deal with the energy sector in Kosovo (members of parliament, representatives of ERO, KOSTT, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Energy Efficiency Agency, Kosovo Renewable Energy Association and INDEP).

Together, under the guidance of two German experts – Dr. Christoph Maurer and Dr. Ilan Momber, the stakeholders explored different aspects of security of supply in an energy transition, namely, using Germany as an example and their lessons learned. Grid balancing, regional market integration and the higher incorporation of renewables in the energy system were considered as the most important factors to address the issue of security of supply in an energy transition in Kosovo.

Reduction of the demand, market integration, the overall increase in Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and improvement in forecasting are among the most important steps towards an energy transition, stated Dr. Maurer. He also mentioned that the cost of renewables is constantly falling compared to fossil fuels, and even with overall 10% utilization of the installed capacity for RES, compared to 40-60% for fossil fuels, renewables can compete even with high intermittence countries such as Denmark, which has achieved an impressive 50% RES share.

On the other hand, Dr. Momber, stating the importance of security of supply on the grid, mentioned as essential the diversification of generation, including import, the flexibility of the system such as demand management, pumped storage, smart grids, and other important actions to ensure a smooth and efficient balancing mechanism. In terms of RES integration into the grid, particularly for places with difficult access and those that have a weak grid, different forms of grid improvement were proposed.

Balkan Green Foundation believes that the consensus action agenda emerging from this process will be able to amass support from a wide range of actors and lead to meaningful policy and programmatic changes to address one of the most significant issues concerning our energy sector. The Multi-Actor Partnership (MAP) project aims to foster a local stakeholder partnership as an ideal mean to create resonance and support from key local actors as well as develop their own vision of a sustainable energy transition as a common societal project. This project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany and Engagement Global, implemented by BGF and Germanwatch. 

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