North Macedonia could extend state of energy crisis for six more months

The country’s power utility ESM is facing shortages of coal, despite announcing plans to increase power output from coal to meet demand from local companies during the energy crisis. [Shutterstock/chuyuss]

The government will ask Sobranje, the local parliament, to extend the state of the energy crisis for six more months due to difficulties in power supply and the current situation on the energy markets.

This will allow the government to impose measures such as transferring funds to publicly-owned energy companies purchasing imported electricity. The government also said that domestic electricity production in North Macedonia is at a bare minimum due to malfunctions in the REK (Mining and Energy Combine) In Bitola. According to the opposition, this is due to years of mismanagement in the company.

The country’s power utility ESM is facing shortages of coal, despite announcing plans to increase power output from coal to meet demand from local companies during the energy crisis.

The government also said it will run fuel oil-fired power plant Negotino, which has been dormant for 12 years, from December 2021 to April 2022, to meet energy demands.

The opposition VMRO-DPMNE party said that it would support this proposal if it included the provision of €250 million in energy subsidies to consumers and funds for municipalities that cannot keep up with their bills.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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