Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Support of RES will change

Local source may be a cure to connection moratorium.

Changes in RES support should secure cost effectiveness. (Source: SME)

Slovakia is in line with the trend of utilising green energy and has several facilities that harness water, sun or wind. Similar to other countries, Slovak builders and operators enjoy generous support that compensates them for the cost of these new, expensive technologies. However, this has resulted in higher electrical prices for end-consumers and a connection moratorium for new, larger renewable energy plants. Now the government wants to change the support scheme and put more market pressure on these plants. In the meantime, the Slovak Association of Photovoltaic Industry (SAPI) has provided its own solution for the moratorium: so-called local source.

Read also:Coal, water and nuclear energy

“Renewable energy sources are stigmatised in Slovakia due to mismanaged state support that will burden our wallets and the state budget for several years onward,” Jozef Badida, an analyst on the Energieprevas.sk website, which is dedicated to the energy sector, told The Slovak Spectator. “This is also why the moratorium on connecting new, renewable energy plants, with the exception of solar power stations placed on the roofs of family houses, has persisted here.”

Meeting obligations

Although Slovakia is not a top leader in the usage of renewable energy sources (RES), it is on a good path and continues to meet its interim obligations, said Badida, who referenced the European Commission’s latest report of the state of the energy union released in late November.

In 2015, the share of renewables in the gross final energy consumption of Slovakia was 12.9 percent, meaning Slovakia not only outperformed the interim target for 2015/16 (10 percent), but also the 2017/2018 target (11.4 percent). Slovakia is right on track to meet its 2020 target (14 percent).

“Nevertheless, an issue with the public acceptance of renewables persists due to the overgenerous support schemes of the past and a nuclear option made clear by the Slovak government, which, in turn, makes the environment for renewables unfavourable,” reads the report. “The distribution system operators have declared a connection moratorium for new renewable energy plants with a generating capacity of more than 10 kW, referencing problems related to capacity and the stability of the grid.”

Read more: How does the support for green energy generation look in Slovakia? What is a local source and what is its main goal?

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access


29 €
You save 17.80 € compared with monthly subsription
9.90 €
You save 1.80 € compared with monthly subsription
0.98 €
Price is only for new subscribers for their first month. All other months are standard price of 3.90€

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Topic: Energy

Top stories

Pellegrini – Smer’s crown prince or Fico’s puppet?

10 top moments in Pellegrini’s political career

Peter Pellegrini

People will protest in streets again on March 23

The organisers of the gatherings met with the president, stressing the need to have an independent interior minister.

Andrej Kiska met with the representatives of the For a Decent Slovakia initiative.

What’s new at the Foreigners’ Police in Bratislava? Photo

The Slovak Spectator visited the new premises of the Foreigners’ Police department in the Vajnory district, which opened on March 19.

Statue of Maria Theresa deemed unsuitable for Bratislava city centre

The sculpture has been temporarily moved to the promenade in River Park.

The statue of Maria Theresa was installed in front of the Hotel Carlton for a short period of time.