The Government aims at regaining Macedonia’s long-gone energy security and stability, to reduce energy costs and energy poverty, and turn solar power an important source of household energy.
The Government will provide energy access to all citizens and enterprises. We will stimulate innovative solutions, advanced technologies for energy production, reduce the share of fossil fuels, and increase the production of renewable energy.
Reduction of energy imports will result from combining energy efficiency and energy savings, rational production of own energy and meaningful participation in regional and international electricity, natural gas and oil derivatives markets.
The Government will support rational production of electricity by conversion of TEC Negotino power plant into an energy and agricultural facility, construction of HEC Chebren and HEC Galishte, optimal utilization of Pelagonija’s coal basin, and implementation of modern environmental standards in the TEC Bitola and TEC Oslomej.
The Government’s project for TEC Negotino will provide cheap energy for agricultural enterprises and thus contribute to their competitiveness and export of early vegetables and job creation in agriculture. By building HEC Chebren and HEC Galishte, the Government will secure higher domestic production and reduce imports of expensive energy. With initiation of exploration of coal seams in the mine pit Suvodol and exploitation of coalmines in Zivojno and Vitolishte, the Government will extend the life of the backbone of the Macedonian energy sector, REK Bitola. With the implementation of modern eco-standards in the TEC Bitola and TEC Oslomej (installation of systems for reduction of emissions and desulphurization plants), we will reduce the emission of harmful particles in the environment in the Pelagonija and Kicevo regions.
The Government will focus on meeting the power needs of the country with own production as well as improving working conditions and protection in energy companies.
With the opening of the new coal pit Popovjani and modernization of TEC Oslomej, the Government will extend the production life of the plant and will provide new jobs in the Kicevo region.
The Government will examine the feasibility for construction of hydropower facilities along the river Vardar in order to realize cost-effective projects quickly.
Using the existing route of the 220 kV connection Skopje-Kosovo and announcements to build new production facilities in the region, the Government will focus on rapid construction of a new 400 kV connection to Kosovo. The Government will accelerate the construction of a new 400 kV connection Bitola-Elbasan to provide access to Albania’s transmission network and strengthen the transmission network in Bitola-Ohrid region.
The Government will provide for the use of natural gas as cheap and environmentally friendly energy source for everyone in the country by building gas pipelines with innovative new technologies (CNG and LND) to urban areas and distribution networks.
The government will take measures toward rejoining TAP (TAP-Trans Adriatic Pipeline) for gasification of southwestern Macedonia and joining the transmission systems in Bulgaria and Greece.
The Government will simplify procedures for implementation of projects related to renewable energy sources, entrust an institution to introduce "one stop shop" for obtaining all the necessary data, information and documents in view of implementing the overall process to fruition. The Government will propose legislative changes to simplify procedures for urbanization of construction land and obtaining construction permits for such facilities.
The Government will financially subsidize the construction of photovoltaic power plants in households and encourage economic development by opening new factories for manufacture of photovoltaic panels and modules. New 10MW photovoltaic power plant will be built with panels produced in Macedonia. The Government will foster wind-speed electricity production (for up to a maximum installed capacity of 150 MW) through a transparent process of permits and decisions.
The Government will invest in reforestation of mountains and low-class agricultural lands with energy-rich, fast-growing trees for production of pellets and biomass. The Government will stimulate domestic and/or foreign investors to open factories for the production of wood pellets and chips.
The Government will apply a policy that the cost of thermal energy from large cogeneration plants will be sold at a price that is at least 10% lower than the price of boiler regulated plants.
The Government will encourage the use of cogeneration plants in households and in public health institutions and provide financial incentives. The Government will grant low-class agricultural land, so-called "energy-farming" areas for investments in cogeneration installations in agriculture
The Government will establish a special fund for financing energy efficient projects with funds from the energy companies and EU funds and grants. We will provide free education to commercial and industrial customers to rationalize energy consumption.
To reduce energy poverty, the Government will introduce priority measures for greater energy efficiency, energy vouchers to citizens covered by the Law on Energy Poverty and "cheap electricity" on the weekends and 2 hours daily.
In the process of creating conditions for liberalization of energy markets, the Government will take care to avoid possible price shocks, particularly the security of energy supply.
By making changes in laws and bylaws, the Government will allow for the legalization of all illegal buildings that are located in or in close proximity to high voltage transmission lines corridors.