Serbia: Gov to speed up permits for wind energy projects

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The by-laws which should enable the implementation of big projects for using wind energy should be adopted in the next few weeks, the Minister of Energy, Aleksandar Antić, announced .

“For more than half a year already, we have been negotiating with international financial institutions and the Energy Community and this is the last step that we should conclude so as to start the construction of wind power plants with the capacity of more than 100 megawatts,” he said in Novi Sad.

Antić added that this would enable Serbia to reach the consumption level of 27 percent from renewable energy resources by 2020, which is the mapped out target.

He also said that the wind generators with the capacity of 500 megawatts would be constructed in Vojvodina and he assessed that this was very important for the Serbian energy sector.

As he reminded, the first wind power plant with the capacity of 9.9 megawatts was built in Serbia last year, in the town of Kula.

Antić also said that Serbia would continue with investments in the energy sector, because thereby, through big projects, people are employed and conditions are created for the development of other industries.

According to him, the energy sector is an important resource that Serbia has, but it is unacceptable that the country should have only direction from which gas comes.

He also said that the final steps were being made for the interconnection with Bulgaria and that, in the following period, there would be big investments within the sphere of gas in the storage Banatski dvor, i.e. the expansion of capacity from 450 million cubic meters to one billion.

“This billion and another one in perspective is what we should strive for”, Antić stressed, transmits