From May 24 and June 2, 2019, for the first time, Montenegro produced enough energy from renewable sources to meet all needs, which added the country to the small list of countries that are capable of providing all the necessary energy from domestic renewable energy sources.
During this period, in which the Thermal Power Plant Pljevlja plant was out of operation, about 82 million KWh of energy was produced, and about 75 million KWh was spent.
“Two leading Montenegrin hydroelectric power plants, Piva and Perućica, which are state-owned utility companies, had a significant role in this historic moment. However, unlike during the previous years, when in the period of deadlock in the production of energy from lignite (TPP Pljevlja), Montenegro imported energy, this year, new sources have been taken over: small hydropower plants and wind farms built over the past several years,” as stated by the representatives of the Government of Montenegro.
High-performance hydropower plants, led by the largest arc-gravity dam in Europe, were accompanied by the Krnovo wind farm, the largest altitude park in Europe and the Možura wind farm, which in the mentioned period produced 12 percent of the energy spent in Montenegro. A record part of wind energy was also recorded on May 28, when production from wind farms accounted for as much as 28 percent of total electricity consumption in the country.
“This ten-day experience has confirmed that good operational readiness, adequate prognostic tools, high-quality power reserve and good connectivity with neighboring power systems guarantee reliable power supply to consumers in the future, which will be based exclusively on renewable energy sources,” stated the report.
A few days ago, similar news was reported by the British media, registering that the United Kingdom for the first time since the Industrial Revolution produced coal-free energy for two weeks.
The example of Montenegro shows that the country’s contribution to the fulfillment of international obligations gives concrete results.
In May 2019, Montenegro, in the spirit of its constitutional commitment, was an ecological state and an example that a global energy transition is possible.
In addition to the investments mentioned above, the start of the project for the construction of two more wind farms is planned for this year, and the construction of one of the largest solar power plants in Europe is expected soon.
All these investments are fully based on the market price of energy and do not imply any financial incentives for investors.