In order to enable low-carbon, sustainable energy development in line with EU requirements, Kosovo should promote the use of renewable energy resources, officials said.
Coal is currently used to generate about 90 percent of the electricity consumed in Kosovo, and is a key contributor to high carbon dioxide levels and pollution.
With the adoption of the Energy Secretariat Ministerial Council's decision on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources in December 2012, Kosovo committed to making 25 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2020.
"It would be unrealistic to envisage complete electricity production from coal thermo power plants with renewables. And we have to take into account that all renewable resources, except big hydro power plants, still need a subsidy scheme. Subsidies have to be bigger if the price of electricity is going to be below the production costs," Janez Kopac, director of the Energy Community Secretariat, told SETimes.