Low-Carbon Sources and Dialogue for the Future of Slovenia’s Power Supply
Date: December 21st 2020
Author: Alenka Lena Klopčič
In this year's last video debate (in Slovenian only), Energetika.NET talked to the Business Director of GEN energija, Danijel Levičar, the President of the Management Board of Elektro Ljubljana, Andrej Ribič, and the Director of the Association of Paper and Paper Converting Industry of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, Petra Prebil Bašin, about their vision of the future of power supply in Slovenia, and what the post-COVID-19 recovery will take, both in the energy and paper industries, as well as the economy at large.“It all starts and ends with people,” said the Business Director of GEN energija, Danijel Levičar, in reply to the question of how organisations operate today compared to the pre-COVID-19 era, highlighting also the importance of stable management for quick and effective action.
As regards the fundamentals which energy companies need to consider today, Levičar said that since fundamentals have to do with real volumes, they were the same as in the pre-Covid-19 era. Although there are one or two new variables to consider, some unknowns associated with the pandemic, these mostly affect the demand rather than supply. What affects supply is the company itself, and GEN energija focuses a great deal of attention on security of supply and self-supply, explained Levičar.
Andrej Ribič agreed that the set of fundamentals is the same, although some of them have changed slightly due to the pandemic. That said, Elektro Ljubljana has adapted its business and work processes, said Ribič, who is pleased that there have been no disruptions in the system in the recent months.
Paper mills were among the least affected industries since the start of the pandemic, their operations running almost as smoothly as before. However, the structure of demand has changed considerably in favour of tissues and the paper used for packaging, while graphic papers saw a significant decline. The paper industry will record above-average results in 2020, albeit with some 5% y-o-y fall in revenues. Read also: V energetski shemi prihodnosti se vidi tudi papirništvo (available in Slovenian only)
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“The key to success is to set the right goals,” emphasised Levičar. As an example, he mentioned the electricity shortages seen in Germany and California in 2020, which he thinks have indicated that the energy strategies and policies put in place in the two regions have been misguided.
The video debate is available HERE (in Slovenian only).
This article is available also in Slovene.