Debate on Environment and Energy in the Republic of Kosovo

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On May 29, 2014 “Life in Kosovo” held a debate on environment and energy in the Republic of Kosovo.

Panellists for this debate were: from AKR: Sabit Rastelica, Azra Krasniqi and Fadil Ismajli; from AAK: Magbule Shkodra, Ardian Gjini and Laura Kryeziu; from PDK: Blerim Rexha, Laura Zherka dhe Gani Koci; LDK: Teuta Sahatçija dhe Besa Gaxherri; Vetëvendosje: Agron Dida, Lumnije Morina and Faruk Mujka; and NISMA: Izet Ibrahimi  and Petrit Gashi.

Main issues discussed during this debate included the issue of what would be the amount of MW produced of renewable energy in order to fulfill citizens’ needs by the end of 2020. Based on this concern, candidates for MPs gave their party program on energy: AKR promised that by the end of 2020 the Hydro central in Zhur will produce 128 MW capacity from water recourses while at the end the amount of energy produced will be 640 GW/h, covering 10 percent of Kosovo population.

On the other side AAK said that their hope is in fostering cooperation with Albania, saying that bids for HC in Zhur will be open but this is not their priority since AAK will be more focused on empowering economy; thus help around two thousand hundred households with isolation system. PDK promised that by the end of 2020 around 410 MW will be produced spread in 28 other smaller Hydro Energy projects, where around 700 million Euros will be invested generating 5,500 working places. LDK said that the project in Zhuri will end by the end of 2018 covering 20% of energy produced while the other part will be covered by smaller HC.  Self-Determination Movement emphasized that 50% or renewable energy will come by combining energy systems of Albania and Kosovo.  Similar to other party programs, NISMA  sees the future of energy by finishing the project in Zhuri by the end of 2020, saying that this HC will produce 303MW ; building of 20 mini HC with the capacity of 104 – 200 mw and  usage of urban  waist 0.8-2MW.

The other part of debate was more concentrated in the environmental issues varying from water supply, pollution from old thermo centrals; gravel royalties etc.