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Energy Week Western Balkans

The event brings together authorities and energy companies from Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo as well as international financial institutions and major multinational investors, EPC and consultancy firms for a dialogue aimed at fostering the deployment of renewable energy in the region and attracting foreign direct investment.

Solar PV

One of many things the Western Balkan countries have in common is the enormous solar energy potential and the fact that it is almost untapped yet. Montenegro reduced VAT for solar panels while global developers show increased interest in the market with CWP Global planning a 400 MW Montechevo project and UGT Renewables signing an agreement with EPCG. Hive Energy is building a substantial solar pipeline in Serbia and has secured land for 3 projects/450 MW. A 50 MW district heating project in Kosovo envisages the construction of a solar power plant for central heating. EU will also support Kosovo through another 100 MW solar project.

Wind Energy

The opportunities for the deployment of wind energy are extensive in the Western Balkans and the region is rapidly exploring them. Serbia alone has over 2.7 GW of wind energy projects in the pipeline; Emergy’s 168 MW Alibunar project is the most advanced and the Banat projects (I-V) will have a combined capacity of 563 MW. Montenegro’s EPCG is developing a 55 MW Gvozd Wind Farm. Bosnia and Herzegovina has wind farms in the pipeline with a total capacity of 2.2 GW; wpd has signed an agreement for the development of Čadilj and Marino Brdo with a total capacity of 264 MW.

Hydropower

The Western Balkans has the largest remaining unexploited hydropower potential in Europe. And although there have been some breaks, the hydropower boom is very much ongoing with large projects being in various phases of development around the region. Albania’s Power Corporation (KESH) plans the construction of 210 MW Skavica HPP on the Drin river. In Serbia, investments in new large-scale HPPs include the construction of pumped storage hydropower plants Đerdap 3 (2,400 MW) and Bistrica (680 MW). State-owned power utilities EPCG and EPS agreed on the construction of the 155 MW Komarnica HPP in Montenegro.

AMONG SPEAKERS AND GUESTS

Kadri Simson
Commissioner for Energy, European Commission
Ervin Ibrahimović
Deputy Prime Minister for Regional Development, Minister of Capital Investments of Montenegro
Dubravka Đedović
Minister of Mining and Energy of Serbia
Petar Đokić
Ministry of Energy and Mining of the Republic of Srpska
Vedran Lakić
Federal Minister of Energy, Mining and Industry (BiH)
Aleksandar Damjanović
Minister of Finance of Montenegro
Agron Ibrahimi
President of the Council, Montenegrin Investment Agency (MIA), State Secretary, Ministry of Finance of Montenegro
Mladen Grgic
Advisor to the President of Montenegro for the Economy and Economic Diplomacy
Viktor Andonov
Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister of North Macedonia
Branislav Prelević
President of the Board, Energy and Water Regulatory Agency of Montenegro
Dejan Popović
President of the Council, Energy Agency of the Republic of Serbia
Petrit Ahmeti
President, Energy Regulatory Authority of Albania (ERE)
Hasan Ozkoc
Director, MEDREG Secretariat
Eric Scotto
Founder & CEO, Akuo
Ergys Verdho
CEO, KESH
Alberto Biancardi
Regulator, Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity Gas and Water, Director, Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE)
Skerdi Drenova
CEO, Transmission System Operator of Albania (OST)
Jeton Mehmeti
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kosovo Transmission System and Market Operator (KOSTT)
Milos Mladenović
Managing Director, SEEPEX
Matija Medojević
CEO, BELEN - Montenegrin Power Exchange
Ladislav Tolmaci
Executive Director, Erste Bank Group
Aleksandar Mijušković
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Crnogorski elektroprenosni system (CGES)
Adam Cortese
CEO, UGT Renewables
Francesco Corbo
Western Balkans Regional Head of Energy, EBRD
Børge Bjørneklett
Founder and CEO, Ocean Sun
Matti Piiparinen
Manager, Finance in Motion – Advisor of Green for Growth Fund
Alessandro Bragonzi
Head of Regional Representation for Western Balkans, EIB
Dusko Krsmanovic
Head for the Western Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe, UK Export Finance (UKEF)
Petar Mitrović
Partner, Karanovic & Partners
Alexander Markus
Executive Member of the Board, German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce
Mike O'Neill
CEO, Hive Renewables
Daniel Calderon
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Alcazar Energy
Aris Kalogeropoulos
Sales Manager Southeastern Europe / Distribution, Sungrow
Rico Koch
CEO and Head of International Project Development, NOTUS energy
Vladimir Markovic
CEO, Mercosur
Miloš Kostić
CEO, MT-Komex
Jonathan S. Saiger
Senior Operations Advisor – Energy, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Stjepan Čerkez
President of the Management Board, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Marc Fèvre
Partner, Energy & Infrastructure, Simmons & Simmons
Eran Goren
COO, Solsign

PROGRAMME

BUSINESS BREAKFAST

By invitation only.

1 hour

REGISTRATION

Registration and welcome coffee.

1 hour

OFFICIAL OPENING

Official opening and keynotes.

1 hour

A FIRESIDE CHAT

Is a 100% renewable energy mix possible for the Western Balkans?

30 minutes

SESSION 1. A DIALOGUE WITH POLICYMAKERS: POWER OF NEED & ENERGY SECURITY IN THE WESTERN BALKANS

  • What impact has the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis had on the Western Balkans? Is it speeding up or slowing down the energy transition? 
  • How much progress have Western Balkan countries made in phasing out coal and moving towards clean energy sources? What is the impact of the energy crisis and to what extent can the new situation disturb the planned rate of coal abandoning?  
  • What are the plans with regard to carbon pricing in the face of the EU introducing CBAM (the carbon border adjustment mechanism)? What more can be done to accelerate the transition? 
1.5 hours

SESSION 2. FUTURE OF UTILITIES: FROM CRISIS TO TRANSITION

  • What it takes for utilities of the region to remain committed to keeping the lights on in the face of an energy crisis? What are the new programmes and innovations introduced to deliver secure, sustainable and affordable electricity? 
  • What technology mix can cost-efficiently ensure the security of supply and flexibility in a power system? 
  • What are the plans and renewables projects being developed by the Western Balkans frontrunners in the sector?
1.5 hours

SESSION 3. FINANCING THE GREEN TRANSITION

  • How can the Western Balkans boost green finance? Strategies, requirements, and models to secure long-term investment across the sector 
  • What are the most significant market risks? 
1.5 hours

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

All registered participants are welcome! 

2 hours

SESSION 4. RENEWABLE ENERGY REVENUE STREAMS

  • What regulations promote and/or hinder renewable energy trading and PPAs in the Western Balkans? 
  • Which renewable energy revenue streams can be accessed in each of WB6 counties? 
  • How can the creation of organised wholesale markets and their coupling on a regional level and with the EU’s open new outlet markets for renewables?
1.5 hours

SESSION 5. THE PATH OF GREEN SHIFT: DEVELOPERS’ PERSPECTIVE

  • What are the most important developments and new construction projects in the wind and solar industry? What are some of the advantages and hurdles of making business in this sector in the region? 
  • Encouraging small hydropower installations vs. repowering of existing large hydropower. Which scenario has a more positive cost-benefit ratio?
1.5 hours

SESSION 6. CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES TO UNLOCK THE UNTAPPED POTENTIAL

  • What are the major contractors’ experiences in the region? 
  • How to ensure bankable equipment selection in a more sophisticated and complex market? Who are the top suppliers likely to occupy the market? 
  • What are the trends in solar PV module and wind turbine technologies 
  • What are the energy storage solutions available in the region?
1.5 hours

SESSION 7. NAVIGATING CHALLENGES ON THE TRANSITION JOURNEY

  • Western Balkans have much to gain from a regional approach to energy security and greater integration of markets. What are the prospects for regional integration in the energy sector? 
  • What support is available from different international institutions to foster the region’s transition? 
  • How to accelerate the uptake of renewables and ensure a coal renaissance is only temporary? 
1.5 hours

ON THE BEACH. OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY

Booking is required. 3 hours

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  • Coffee breaks, lunches and Cocktail reception on 18th October
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