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Public in Bosnia-Herzegovina to pay for shaky economics of Tuzla 7 coal plant, but will officials take heed?

After several years of developments related to a seventh unit at the Tuzla power plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the public is now able to understand the plant's economics, thanks to a document published in the run-up to a debate in the Federation of BiH parliament this week. It might have been a better idea to have this debate earlier, considering that the news is not exactly good for the project developer, Elektroprivreda BiH (EPBiH).


EBRD in Serbia: Don't use floods to prop up coal

The EBRD should stick to its newly approved Energy Strategy and reject any investments in the Serbian coal sector, argue a group of 7 international NGOs in a letter sent to the bank’s board of directors today. The groups were concerned with recent statements by the EBRD according to which the bank’s regional flood response in the Balkans could include “rehabilitation of (…) damaged power stations and transmission and distribution networks.”

Balkans face need to increase power imports in 2014

Source: Maja Zuvela, Reuters

SARAJEVO, July 2 (Reuters) - An over-reliance on coal and scant progress in diversifying energy sources will force Balkan nations to increase power imports to keep the lights on this winter and drag down their struggling economies, traders and experts say.

Cleaning up south-east Europe’s energy sector

Source: Lora Verheecke, Equal Times

Levels of corruption in south-east Europe are notoriously high – especially in the energy sector.

Serbian government props up almighty coal

A new report by the Belgrade-based NGO CRTA shows that the Serbian government is supporting the Kostolac coal power plant and mines with loan guarantees and potentially VAT exemptions. Propping up the already dominant coal sector, however, will likely further increase Serbia’s vulnerability to extreme weather events. Increasing Serbia's energy efficiency and renewables generation would be the wiser choice.


Corruption serious barrier to sustainable energy system in southeast Europe

Source: Karel Beckmann, Energy Post

High-level corruption in the energy sector is seriously affecting countries in seven countries in South Eastern Europe, according to the study Winners and Losers: Who Benefits from High Level Corruption in the South East Europe Energy Sector?.

Corruption Hinders Balkans Energy Sector Progress

Source: Besar Likmeta, Balkan Insight

Rampant corruption has raised costs, wasted opportunities for sustainable energy and distorted the market, says a new report by a group for environmental NGOs.

Planned Balkan coal plants may breach EU pollution limits

Source: , EurActiv

A new wave of coal plants in aspirant EU member states, authorised by the Energy Community, risk breaching EU pollution limits if they proceed according to their stated plans, an EU law firm says.

State support to the Kostolac coal power plant and mining basin in Serbia

This report by the Belgrade-based Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability - CRTA shows that the Serbian government is supporting the Kostolac coal power plant and mines with loan guarantees and potentially VAT exemptions.

Corruption serious barrier to sustainable energy system in southeast Europe, says new report

June 24, Brussels, Belgium - High-level corruption in the energy sector is affecting countries in South Eastern Europe, with tens of millions of euros being lost over the last decades in seven countries from the region surveyed in the study Winners and Losers: Who Benefits from High Level Corruption in the South East Europe Energy Sector? launched today in Brussels during the High Level Policy Conference of EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014.

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