Mihajlovic with Turk: US support to Serbia in the process of energy transition
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, Prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD talked in Bucharest, where she participated in a round table on energy security organized by the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy and Climate Cooperation (P-TECC), with David Turk, US Deputy Secretary of Energy, on cooperation in the energy transition process, building energy infrastructure, regional connections, exchange of experiences and technologies.
"Our goal is to redefine the energy mix, because today we get nearly 70 percent of energy from thermal power plants that use lignite, and we need changes in the coming years and decades." With the new legislative framework, Serbia has created conditions for increasing the capacity that uses clean energy sources, and we want to have at least 40 percent of energy produced from renewable sources by 2040. One of the projects we want to realize is the construction of the hybrid RHE "Djerdap 3", but at the same time the number of wind power plants and solar power plants is growing, "said Mihajlovic.
Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that Serbia is taking steps to reduce dependence in the gas sector and diversify suppliers.
"Serbia must connect with the region as soon as possible. It is not a question of good will of those who run public companies, but a question of development and national security of the state. Completion of the gas interconnection Serbia-Bulgaria, with which we will have diversification of suppliers and the possibility to deliver to Serbia natural gas from the Caspian region, as well as gas from the LNG terminal in Alexandroupolis, and in the future gas from some other sources (Eastern Mediterranean) priority is for Serbia. Our plan is to connect with other neighbors in addition to Bulgaria, with gas interconnections, and first with Northern Macedonia and Romania, as well as with Croatia and Montenegro, which would make the entire region more energy secure. Also, the improvement of energy efficiency, which the Ministry has been working on for two years, is another pillar of energy policy, "she said.
The meeting discussed Serbia's participation in all working groups within the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy and Climate Cooperation and the initiative of the Deputy Prime Minister and the President of the Coordination Body for Gender Equality to form a working group for women in energy.
"Thank you for participating today, as well as in the previous talks we had within the Transatlantic Energy Cooperation Partnership. Your initiative to form a working group - women in energy seems like a great idea and we will work together on concrete steps. We also want to discuss your plans for the development of the energy sector in Serbia. "I agree that the cooperation agreement would facilitate cooperation in all fields - from the exchange of knowledge and technologies, to direct joint projects," Turk said.