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N. Macedonia drafts energy strategy in line with Energy Community’s recommendation

N. Macedonia drafts energy strategy in line with Energy Community’s recommendation Power in California. Author: Jeff Turner. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

SKOPJE (North Macedonia), November 13 (SeeNews) – The Energy Community said North Macedonia has prepared an energy strategy document in line with the organization’s integrated national energy and climate plans.

“North Macedonia presented to the Secretariat the final draft of its Energy Strategy 2040, including with the perspective till 2030,” the organisation's Secretariat said in a statement late on Tuesday.

The draft is the first to follow the overall structure of national energy and climate plans (NECPs) in the Energy Community and the timeframe indicated by the related ministerial council recommendation.

“It covers the five dimensions of the Energy Union, although merging integration and security of energy markets and including an additional dimension on legal and regulatory aspects,” the Secretariat said, adding that the strategy sets out three scenarios, of which the intensive renewables one (green scenario) proved to be the most cost-effective.

The document also incorporates results from the study on 2030 targets, which the Secretariat launched in 2018 and was finalised earlier this year.

North Macedonia's gross electricity production rose by an annual 17.8% to 553,544 MWh in August, according to the latest data from the country's statistical office. Net electricity output also increased - by 17.7%, to 520,383 MWh. Electricity imports fell by an annual 7.2% to 155,761 MWh, while electricity exports nearly doubled to 148,158 MWh.

Thermal power plants contributed the largest portion of gross domestic electricity production, generating 318,729 MWh, which was 17.1% more than in August 2018.