Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, attending the Third High Level Energy Forum "Investments in Energy Infrastructure" in Pristina said that Kosovo remains committed to solving energy dispute with Serbia which has slowed electric clocks across Europe.
European energy lobby ENTSO-E, announced earlier that bedside clocks had slowed down by up to six minutes since mid-January. Central heating timers and oven clocks are also affected - but not computers or smart phones. Countries from Spain to Turkey and from Poland to the Netherlands are part of a large area in Europe linked together into an electricity grid that operates at a synchronised frequency. This frequency regulates time-keeping in certain devices. During the crisis period, Kosovo did not generate enough electricity to meet its needs. According to ENTSO-E, Serbia is legally obliged to meet Kosovo's demand to keep the European grid stable. But because Kosovo and Serbia are in dispute over the issue Serbia did not step in.
A German envoy has visited Kosovo last week in an effort to resolve the dispute with Serbia. Haradinaj talking to the Energy Forum on Tuesday said that the dispute between Kosovo’s transmission operator and Serbia's transmission is damaging not only Kosovo but the entire European market. Haradinaj pledged that the Government of Kosovo would take every possible action to overcome the situation. He said that this issue needs to be urgently addressed.
During the conference Haradinaj said Kosovo is oriented in investing in renewable energy after the country’s production of electricity depends solely on tapped coal. But despite promises to invest in renewable energy the Government of Kosovo in December 2017 has reached an agreement with US energy group ContourGlobal on the construction of a 500MW coal-fired power plant, Kosova e Re, a project worth €1bn.