The future in the electric power sector was discussed in Neum, at the conference of the Committee of the International Council on Large Electrical Systems – CIGRE in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Challenges were in the focus. From the use of electricity from renewable sources, through storage, to the development of electromobility as a key factor in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
About 500 experts participated in this year’s conference – either directly or through the Zoom platform. Round tables were also held, all in order for our country to keep up with the times when it comes to the electricity sector.
“One referred to electromobility, the other referred to the integration of renewable electricity sources into the electricity system,” pointed out Esad Tanovic, Secretary-General of CIGRE BiH.
Electromobility is the topic that has aroused the most interest. Our country is much behind, even behind its neighbors, primarily in legislation that would allow the electric vehicle to be more accessible. Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Montenegro provide incentives, and no VAT is paid to Albania. Only in our country and in Kosovo nothing is happening. It is a similar case with infrastructure. There are about 60 electric vehicles in BiH and about 80 charging stations, which is not enough. The electric vehicle is a trend in the world. For example, from 2025, conventional vehicles will no longer be produced in the Scandinavian countries.
President of CIGRE BiH, Edhem Bicakcic noted that state incentives must be provided: “It is still an expensive sport, but it gives huge effects and the European policy is very clear. In that way, they eliminate fossil fuels from transport.”
“For that charging station, our competent institutions are asking for permits as if you were building this hotel, which is nonsense. On behalf of the association, as representatives of electric cars in the Federal Chamber of Commerce, we sent some proposals for changes in legislation and with just a little goodwill, it would be resolved very quickly, ” told Haris Muratovic, brand manager of Porsche BiH.
However, carbon monoxide can also be reduced by using renewable energy sources. At least we have that in BiH.
“There is a huge space there. We need to enable rapid construction. There is an investment, but administrative procedures, regulations, connections to the network hinder every project and they are being implemented slowly,” Bicakcic added.
Our country is at the very beginning when it comes to the construction of solar and wind power plants. Unlike Germany, which has 40.000 megawatts of electricity from solar power plants and the same amount from wind power plants, we are only at 130 megawatts of wind and 35 megawatts of solar power plants.