Energy Concept of Slovenia Prepared by Autumn

Published by Suzana Vurunic on 23/01/2015

Members of Slovenski E-forum attended the Public Disclosure of Opinions on Energy Concept of Slovenia that took place on 21st of January 2015 in the National Assembly. President of Slovenski E-forum, Gorazd Marinček, presented two pan-European projects that raise awareness on the best practices abroad that show the potential Slovenia also has in the field of energetics.

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Gorazd Marinček first presented rural German community of Alheim which launched a campaign “Daring to be more democratic” a few years ago. Their vision was to become energy self-sufficient by the year 2030.

Gorazd Marinček then outlined the project 100% RES where, besides persuading mayors to sign the Covenant of Mayors and to develop their SEAP’s, we are also encouraging Slovenian municipalities to compete in “RES Champions League” on national and European level. In the latter Municipality of Krško received a special award and Municipality of Divača was among the best practices examples in 2014.

In addition to this, last year Municipality of Šentrupert became the first Slovenian municipality to receive a certificate 100% RES community certificate. In doing so, Šentrupert was put on the european and global map of communities striving to become energy self-sufficient.

As an encouragement to municipalities to strive for greater self-sufficiency from RES, Gorazd Marinček presented the data gathered in the EnergizAIR 2 - Preklopi na sonce project. He pointed out high solar energy potentials in 2014 and savings that could be achieved by households if they would have installed photovoltaic panels or solar. Even the households in the most »shady« part of Slovenia could cover 90 % of all their energy needs with photovoltaic power plants. Thus, Gorazd Marinček called municipalities to increase their investments in renewable solar energy.

In the future Slovenia must:

  • achieve average energy efficiency of the EU and lower our consumption of energy per GDP unit for at least 1/3,
  • built dispersed energy production system which means: transform existing grids into smart grids and introduce net-metering,
  • democratize energetics and enable energy cooperatives and citizen investments,
  • differ between “communal” energetics that covers the needs of citizens and public services on one side and energetics supplying reproduction material or transit services,
  • introduce “Ethics into energetics,” that meaning to make energetics socially and environmentally responsible and to put men before profit!

The goal proposed by Slovenski E-forum is: Slovenia, energy self-sufficient from renewable energy sources by year 2050.

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Stance of Slovenski E-forum on the use of nuclear energy was then presented by project manager Vlado Odar, M. Sc. He pointed out absurdity of proposed plans to build a second reactor in Nuclear Power Plant Krško. If we want to achieve climate-energy package proposed by Commission of the EU our electricity consumption should not raise over 15 TWh/year by 2030. In that scenario, both reactors in Krško would produce almost all electricity that would be consumed in Slovenia. Vlado Odar also pointed out the achievements of communities that are part of 100 % RES movement which prove that we can be energy self-sufficient from renewable resources and we do not need second reactor in Krško.

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Honorary chairman of Slovenski E-forum, Mihael G. Tomšič, Ph. D., then pointed out the year 2015 as a milestone where we must finally start with the transition in energetics. Slovenia is now ready for a significant debate on our energy vision. He pointed out solar energy potential and the fact that we must stop all investments in second nuclear in Krško.

Besides Slovenski E-forum, members of other NGOs – Greenpeace, Focus and others – as well as representatives of the government and business sector also presented their views on the future of Slovenian energy sector.

Disclosure of opinions in the National Assembly is in important step towards formulation of a clear Energy Concept of Slovenia that should be prepared and presented to the public by autumn this year. We can be optimistic about the important role renewable sources will play in this document, however we can also expect intensive lobbying of the energy production sector for the second block of nuclear power plant.

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