Minister of Environment, Climate and Energy Bojan Kumer said that electricity consumption in Slovenia is increasing year by year, while the country’s self-sufficiency has been declining for the third year in a row. That is one of the reasons why Slovenia needs more investments in renewable energy sources, he added.
The Government is also making efforts and is encouraged to do so by European requirements, to make the process of integrating RES buildings into the environment simpler and faster, pointing out the Act on the Introduction of Installations for the Production of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources which would prove indispensable for the achievement of the national energy targets.
CEO of the HSE Group, most important energy company in Slovenia, Tomaz Stokelj said that HSE plays a key and responsible role in Slovenia’s green transition, therefore it has ambitious plans to rely in the future on renewable sources from the sun, wind and water, as well as on geothermal energy, biomass co-generation and, last but not least, on hydrogen as an energy source.
He noted the need to build energy storage and other sources of flexibility, with a focus on pump-based hydropower plants.
CEO of Managing Director of Soske Elektrarne Nova Gorica (SENG) Mitja Gorjan said that the company was mostly focused on exploiting hydro potential, but climate change demanded certain adjustments and a wider view of the exploitation of renewable energy sources. Therefore, the company is planning investments in RES capacity, primarily solar, with the most feasible among the projects being the Kanalski Vrh solar power plant and the solar power plants along the coastal section of the motorway crossing, which will turn an unusable degraded area into a useful one, with a potential of more than 20 MW of RES capacity.