For the second day, the “Macedonian Energy Forum 2021: Designing the Energy Future” (“MEF 2021”) continues in Skopje, focusing on the energy future of the Western Balkan countries.
The Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, in his opening speech said that the Forum, which is an initiative to strengthen the dialogue with the US on energy issues, has become an important gathering of energy policy makers in the region. .
Zoran Zaev expressed the expectation that this year the Forum will come up with conclusions that will contribute to the increase of investments in energy and added that his government aims to attract investors in energy and the use of clean energy sources.
“This is exactly why we have adopted the new legislation, which is in line with EU directives and is a new way to support investments in photovoltaic plants and wind farms. This is something that was immediately recognized by domestic and foreign investors, who are already completing their photovoltaic power plants after the first transparent and competitive premium award procedures.We are the place of the sun, which in the past was not properly utilized, however, in three “Over the last four years, 60 megawatt photovoltaic power plants are under construction through premium subsidies, as well as 100 megawatts in Oslomej through a public-private partnership, which will replace the power plant there,” Zaev noted.
He added that with the ratification of the law on strategic investments in Northern Macedonia, serious investors, including the Greek company Mytilineos, have shown their interest in investing in major energy projects in the country.
Zoran Zaev then stressed the importance of the gas connection pipeline with Greece as a key factor in the country’s energy transition, which, he said, would make Northern Macedonia a gas transit country.
“Great importance is attached to the interconnection pipeline between Northern Macedonia and Greece as a key energy infrastructure project that ensures greater competition in gas supply. “The interconnected gas pipeline between the two countries and the improvement of the existing oil pipeline could make Northern Macedonia a hub for the distribution of high quality fuel in the Western Balkans,” the Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia added.
The opening speeches at the “Macedonian Energy Forum 2021” were also delivered by US Ambassador to Skopje Kate Byrnes and EU Ambassador to the country David Geer.
The forum is organized by the ZIP Institute (an NGO), the Government of Northern Macedonia and the US Embassy in the country and is being held for the fourth year in a row./ ibna