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Bret Kugelmass, Energy Impact Center: If the EU Wants to Fight Climate Change, There Will Have to Be a Future for NuclearPhoto: Energy Impact Center

Bret Kugelmass, Energy Impact Center: If the EU Wants to Fight Climate Change, There Will Have to Be a Future for Nuclear

January 13, 2020 | Alenka Lena Klopčič
Electricity | Energy policy | CO2 emissions

“How can anything solve the climate problem if everything has a carbon footprint? Everything has a carbon footprint! We even need fossil fuels to make batteries, wind turbines etc.,” said Bret Kugelmass at the start of his speech at the American Climate Leadership Summit 2019, adding that this paradox troubled him so much that he moved from Silicon Valley to Washington DC, where he started the...


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Nina Bračko Colja, Energia gas and power: Slovenia Slow to Cut Carbon FootprintPhoto: Samo Trebižan

Nina Bračko Colja, Energia gas and power: Slovenia Slow to Cut Carbon Footprint

January 6, 2020 | Alenka Lena Klopčič, Tanja Srnovršnik
Electricity | RES and EE | CO2 emissions | New technologies | Economy | Startup

Italy’s Europe Energy, which has a subsidiary in Slovenia, wants to facilitate the industry’s transition to a low-carbon society. To this end, the company is launching a zero-carbon electricity product on the Slovenian market, along with a platform for energy efficiency investments which will initially focus on households, explained the company’s Director of Market Development, Nina Bračko...


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Ivan Bulatović, SEE CAO: Our Focus in Next 3 Years Will Be Inclusion of New TSOsPhoto: Dragan Mijatović

Ivan Bulatović, SEE CAO: Our Focus in Next 3 Years Will Be Inclusion of New TSOs

December 30, 2019 | Tanja Srnovršnik
Electricity | Energy policy

The South East European Coordinated Auction Office (SEE CAO), which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, is now servicing electricity TSOs on seven borders with more than 120 registered traders. The latest to be included in the SEE CAO’s portfolio is the Italy-Montenegro border, while within the next three years the SEE CAO will be focused on the inclusion of new TSOs, said Ivan...


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Fabio Pianesi, EIT Digital: There is Great Potential in the Balkan RegionPhoto: EIT Digital

Fabio Pianesi, EIT Digital: There is Great Potential in the Balkan Region

December 23, 2019 | Energetika.NET
New technologies | Economy | Startup

“EIT Digital aims to be the ultimate driver of the digital transformation, not only in places where it operates brick-and-mortar representations. Under the ARISE Europe programme, EIT Digital has also teamed up with accelerators and universities in other parts of Europe to help local innovation communities grow and benefit from the EIT Digital network,” states EIT Digital’s webpage. How...


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“Šoštanj As an Energy Site Will Survive in the Long Term”Photo: Alenka Lena Klopčič

“Šoštanj As an Energy Site Will Survive in the Long Term”

December 16, 2019 | Alenka Lena Klopčič
Electricity | Coal | Energy policy | CO2 emissions

The CEO of the Slovenian Šoštanj thermal power plant (TEŠ), Viktor Vračar, and its Managing Director, Mitja Tašler, are confident about the future of this energy site. For Energetika.NET, they spoke about the state of the company and its future plans. The interview was conducted after a press briefing on the preparations for a project involving co-incineration of non-hazardous wastes in the...


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Aleš Nastran, Amibit: Smart City Solutions Are Still in Their InfancyPhoto: Aljoša Videtič

Aleš Nastran, Amibit: Smart City Solutions Are Still in Their Infancy

December 9, 2019 | Valerija Hozjan
New technologies | Startup

The journey of the Slovenian start-up Amibit began with the introduction of the Amihub modular controller for optimising electricity consumption, which now has a patent pending and which won the Gold Innovation Award from the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This year, the company turned its focus to finding innovative energy efficiency solutions, while also becoming an increasingly...


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Marko Mavec, Velenje Coal Mine: Our Revenue Won’t Come from Coal Sales in FuturePhoto: Peter Marinšek

Marko Mavec, Velenje Coal Mine: Our Revenue Won’t Come from Coal Sales in Future

December 2, 2019 | Alenka Lena Klopčič
Electricity | Coal | Energy policy

When Marko Mavec took over as General Manager of Slovenia’s Velenje Coal Mine at the end of October 2019, he entered a company that had only managed to realise the production plan and generate a profit once in the last few years. However, he knew what he was getting himself into, as he had already been employed there between 1989 and 2004, most recently as the Head of Technical Services, whereas...


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Eva Shukleva, MEPSO: North Macedonia to Get Organised Power Market in 13 Months’ TimePhoto: MEPSO

Eva Shukleva, MEPSO: North Macedonia to Get Organised Power Market in 13 Months’ Time

November 25, 2019 | Tanja Srnovršnik
Electricity | RES and EE | Energy policy

The Macedonian electricity transmission system operator (TSO), MEPSO, is in an intensive investment cycle, as part of which the TSO is planning to invest about EUR 102 million by 2022. One of the key projects is an interconnection with Albania. Contracts for the construction of this power line are due to be signed at the start of 2020, and it is expected that the project will be completed within...


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Mojca Vendramin: Eco Fund Is a Vital Pillar of Slovenia's Energy PolicyPhoto: Eko sklad

Mojca Vendramin: Eco Fund Is a Vital Pillar of Slovenia's Energy Policy

November 18, 2019 | Alenka Lena Klopčič
RES and EE | Energy policy | Economy | Ecology

Over the last ten years, Slovenia's Eco Fund has allocated EUR 258 million in grants, co-financing nearly 110,000 energy efficiency investments, and EUR 276 million in loans to finance more than 10,000 environmental investments, said its director Mojca Vendramin at a recent entrepreneurial event in Lukovica, Slovenia. Last year alone, with grants totalling nearly EUR 60 million, Eco Fund...


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Meik Wiking, Happiness Research Institute: Happiness at Work Can Lead to Higher GDP for NationsPhoto: Anže Krže, Mediaspeed

Meik Wiking, Happiness Research Institute: Happiness at Work Can Lead to Higher GDP for Nations

November 11, 2019 | Alenka Lena Klopčič
Economy

Yes, happiness at work can lead to higher GDP for nations, agrees Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute and a New York Times bestselling author of books about happiness, adding that “the topic of happiness at work and higher GDP is also an ethical question, wherein should we being looking at happiness for the sake of happiness or happiness for productivity to increase GDP?”....


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