Protests against hydropower planned across Balkans from July 6-16
The protests against hydropower plants (HPPs) in the Balkans, notably small hydropower plants (SHPPs) will be organized from July 6 to 16, in Albania, Serbia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Greece.
North Macedonia launches tendering for construction of solar power plants backed by premiums
The Government of North Macedonia has launched tendering for the construction of solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants with a combined capacity of 35 MW on state land, according to a press release from the Government.
Top 3 in May: Smart Cities, Biodiversity, Bulgaria’s electricity export tariff
Bulgaria has amended its energy law to abolish a fee levied on exports of electricity, in what will remove obstacles to trade with Energy Community contracting parties in the Balkans and pave the way for the future market coupling with North Macedonia, the Energy Community Secretariat said in a statement welcoming the move.
Ministry announces public call for subsidizing installation of solar thermal panels in North Macedonia
North Macedonia’s Ministry of Economy has published a public call to allocate MKD 30 million (around EUR 488,000) to households for purchasing solar thermal panels and PVC or aluminum windows, the Ministry said on its website.
North Macedonian activist wins Goldman Environmental Prize
Ana Colovic Lesoska, executive director at the Center for environmental research and information Eko-svest from Skopje, led a seven-year campaign to cut off international funding for two large hydropower plants planned for inside Mavrovo National Park – North Macedonia’s oldest and largest national park – thereby protecting the habitat of the nearly-extinct Balkan lynx, according to the foundation’s website.
Earth Hour dominates Top 3 in March, followed by district heating op-ed, solar auctions
In the first phase of the new model for the development of renewable energy sources, the Government of North Macedonia will soon announce a public call for the construction of 62 MW solar power plants, 35 MW to be built on state land and 27 MW on private land, with feed-in premiums awarded for 15 years.
NGOs call for designation of no-go zones for construction of hydropower plants
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government representatives, experts, hydropower developers, and the local community gathered at an international conference in North Macedonia to discuss challenges and solutions concerning nature protection and hydropower projects in the country, according to a joint press release from NGOs Front 21/42, Riverwatch, and EuroNatur.
Premiums as support measure for investors in renewable energy projects in North Macedonia
As for renewable energy sources (“RES”), the Energy Law regulates the supportive measures for electricity producers that use RES and makes it possible for investors to obtain the status of privileged power producer.
North Macedonia, Montenegro, BiH announce shift in regulatory framework, tendering for renewables
The Coordination Group also adopted an ambitious Work Programme for 2019-2020 including finalizing the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive; promoting citizen participation in the development of renewable energy projects; and introducing market-based support schemes for renewables.