Croatia new member of Powering Past Coal Alliance

, SEE Energy News

The only active coal-fired power plant in Croatia is TPP Plomin which has a total capacity of 210 MW and serves to balance the electricity system. The competitiveness of the thermal power plant itself, which has a license to operate until 2040, will certainly change in the future due to the greenhouse gas emissions trading system (EU ETS), to which TPP Plomin currently delivers more than a million emission units per year. TPP Plomin contributes to the total emissions of Croatia with almost 6 %.

This is why Croatia has joined the Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA), thus joining the countries whose future of the energy system will not depend on coal.

Commenting on Croatia joining PPCA, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Tomislav Coric stressed that the overall economic and social transition will stimulate a greater need for electricity, so Croatia must plan well for this transition to bring new renewable capacities. According to the existing strategic documents, in order to achieve the national goal of 36.6 % share of renewable energy sources in final consumption by 2030, it is necessary to connect over 2,500 MW of new renewable energy capacity to the system.

In addition to large-scale projects, it is equally important to open the possibility of active involvement of all citizens and entrepreneurs in the system of production and use of energy from renewable sources, and adjustments of the system will go in that direction. Due to all the above, Croatia is today on the way to achieving the preconditions for the cessation of the use of coal as a fuel and it is certain that this will happen in the near future, said the Ministry, without specifying when TPP Plomin would be closed.