Slovenia, Poor hydro generation in 2022

, SEE Energy News

Hydropower plants on the Drava, Sava and Soca rivers delivered 248.4 million kWh of electricity to the Slovenian network during January, which is 41 % less compared to the same month last year.

If at the beginning of last year Slovenian hydropower plants could boast of breaking production records, this year’s hydrological conditions are completely different. Low precipitation and long droughts emptied the riverbeds, so production results in January were much worse than a year ago.

Namely, the achieved results were significantly worse than the originally announced quantities, as they lagged behind the balance forecasts by 14.6 %. The largest Slovenian producer of electricity from hydropower plants remains Dravske elektrarne Maribor (DEM), which in January provided 135.2 million kWh (-41.1 % year-on- year), followed by hydropower plants on the upper and lower Sava with 59.9 million kWh (-47 .9 %) and Soca HPPs with 53.3 million kWh (- 31.6 %).

In January, nuclear power plant Krsko had the most stable production, as it lagged behind last year’s comparative results by only 1.1 %, delivering 511.1 million kWh of electricity. In the first month of this year, coal-fired thermal power plant Sostanj and other heating facilities delivered 353.8 million kWh, which is 3.4 % less than in the same month last year.

In January, Slovenia managed to provide 1,113.3 million kWh of electricity from domestic sources, which is 15 % less than last year and 4.8 % less than originally planned in the electricity balance. As a result, 813 million kWh of electricity were imported, or 4.2 % more than in January last year.