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PODGORICA (Montenegro), June 3 (SeeNews) - Montenegro has recorded coal-free electricity generation during the period May 24-June 2, as the country produced enough energy from renewable sources to meet all its needs, the government said.
In the 10-day period, Montenegro produced 82 million KWh of electricity from renewables, while the country's consumption amounted to 75 million KWh, the government said in a statement on Sunday.
The Krnovo and Mozura wind farms satisfied 12% of Montenegro's energy needs during the period, while on May 28 their share in the energy mix increased to 28%, the government said.
The Krnovo wind farm was launched by France's Akuo Energy and Austria's Ivicom via their Montenegrin subsidiary Krnovo Green Energy in November 2017. The project had an estimated cost of 120 million euro ($134.1 million), with 48.5 million euro coming from a senior loan extended by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Maltese state-owned company Enemalta put into operation in a test mode the 46 MW Mozura wind farm in Montenegro at the end of March.
In the Energy Balance for 2019 adopted by the Montenegrin government in December, Mozura is expected to produce 110 GWh this year, helping increase the share of wind electricity in national power generation to 9% and the share of electricity from renewables to 61%.
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