Two-speed energy transition in the Western Balkans
Briefing | 4 June 2020
Transition to an energy-efficient, renewables-based power sector in the Western Balkans should in theory be much easier than in many other countries. The region as a whole only has around 18 million inhabitants, most of it is not heavily industrialised, it has high solar and wind potential, most of the countries are quite well interconnected, and there is ample potential for saving energy.
Yet decades of underinvestment and a myopic focus on continuing the use of the region’s traditional staples – coal and hydropower – have led to the region’s energy sectors lagging ever-further behind their neighbours in the EU