Ivan Šmon: The pandemic has also changed the WEC energy issues monitor
Date: April 21st 2021
Author: Alenka L. Klopčič, Tanja Srnovršnik
, Energy policy
Much like the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our daily lives, it has also changed the WEC Energy Issues Monitor, which, among other things, identifies support mechanisms as an action priority on the European level, but as a critical uncertainty in Slovenia, along with nuclear and renewables. This was the main focus of Energetika.NET’s interview with Ivan Šmon, president of WEC Slovenia and CEO of the Slovenian electricity distributor Elektro Gorenjska. Watch the video interview HERE (in Slovenian only).
The Energy Issues Monitor is a report which has been published by the World Energy Council (WEC) every year since 2009 and which contributes to the global discussion on energy issues. This year, 2,500 energy leaders from 108 countries contributed to the survey, providing 60 national perspectives from six global regions. WEC Slovenia took an active part in the preparation of the report.
Slovenia to rely on two pillars – RES and nuclear
Šmon believes that the reason why RES and nuclear are identified as action priorities in Europe while being seen as critical uncertainties in Slovenia is that these two areas are still not well defined in terms of the direction that the country wants to take, which, however, may change with the adoption of strategic documents.
Since Slovenia’s energy mix is one third fossil fuels, one third RES and one third nuclear, we need to keep in mind that one of these pillars will have to be phased out, which means that we will probably have to rely on the remaining two, so RES and nuclear, said Šmon.
Watch the video interview HERE (in Slovenian only).
This article is available also in Slovene.