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Pristhina, 27.01.2018 - The Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo, yesterday adopted the Energy Strategy 2017-2026, one of the most important documents that determine the developmental direction for the sector. Minister of Economic Development, Valdrin Lluka, in a presentation in front of MPs, said that the Energy Strategy aims to create a developed energy sector, which is friendly to the environment and health, supporting economic development and social wellbeing in Kosovo, under a free and competitive market.

According to him, achieving this goal is based on 5 strategic objectives: 1. Security of sustainable and quality supply of electricity with the necessary capacities for a stable electricity system; 2.  Integration in the Regional Energy Market; 3. Enhancing existing capacities of thermal systems and building new capacities; 4.  Development of natural gas infrastructure; 5.  Fulfillment of objectives and obligations in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and environmental protection.

Further, Minister Lluka presented the main elements of this document and highlighted that the security of reliable, sustainable and uninterrupted power supply is a condition for sustainable economic development. According to this strategy, the Government will continue to support the construction of the Power Plant Kosova e Re with a net capacity of 450 MW with private sector investments in the framework of the public-private partnership and the continuation of current generation capacities, respectively their rehabilitation up to the construction of new capacities, without preventing supply for the district heating plant Termokos.

Minister Lluka highlighted that they aim to create support policies for investors through application of best practices in the region for the application of support schemes to promote electricity generation from RES, and the plan is to have around 400 MW generated from renewable sources within this period.

Another priority in this sector is integration with the regional energy market, which contributes to increased security of energy, and also reflects commitments in the framework of the framework of the interconnection agenda of Western Balkan countries.

Important elements of this document are the increase of energy efficiency measures; expansion of existing thermal energy systems; development of all preconditions for the construction of natural gas infrastructure and treatment of communities affected by electricity generation activities.

Otherwise, based on the EU's energy sector development policies, the Strategy has identified the need for energy sector studies which includes the period up to 2040, and will take place during the first three years.

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