Croatian government targets greater share for renewables

Croatia is planning to further incentivise green energy, and improve the proportion of renewables in the country’s overall energy mix.

The government is to increase incentive fees for renewable energy producers in an attempt to boost the share of clean energy, although this will result in slightly higher electricity bills for households.

Energy Minister Tomislav à„†orià„‡ told a cabinet meeting on Thursday (31 August) that “the average monthly electricity bill will be 22.90 kuna (€3.09) higher. This is the first such correction for energy production from renewable sources in the last four years”.
Energy Minister Tomislav à„†orià„‡
Croatia’s Energy Market Operator (HROTE) will implement new quotas and tariffs for eligible clean energy producers. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovià„‡ said the price increase for consumers is linked to commitments taken earlier to promote renewable usage.

The European Union hopes six Balkan countries will agree at a summit on July 12th in Italy to create a regional common market that could be working within a year, a top EU official said on Tuesday (6 June), in the bloc’s latest step to re-engage the region.

Most of the Adriatic republic’s domestic electricity demand is met by hydroelectric power. But the former Yugoslav country still imports more than 40 per cent of its electricity, despite adding more than 600 MW of clean energy capacity over the last decade.

Euractiv reports that increased political will could boost wind power generation in Croatia, given that the country has “significant potential” for wind and solar power.

Croatia has already met its 2020 20 per cent renewable energy source target, by posting a 29 per cent result in 2015. This is also enough to meet the 2030 target of at least 27 per cent, although calls have been made for the EU to increase this target to 30 per cent.

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