Hydropower Potential in Serbia
|Hydropower Serbia statistics|
|Installed hydropower capacity:||2,835 MW (2015)|
|Hydropower generation:||11,500 GWh (2015)|
Serbia derives 30% of its domestically produced electricity from hydropower. One of the major obstacles facing the Western Balkan countries in joining the EU is the adoption of environmental and climate policies. Nonetheless, meeting these standards will provide an opportunity for power system reform.
In 2015, the EU announced that it would invest in a number of transmission projects across the region, especially between Albania and Macedonia, as well as works to improve the Serbian and Montenegrin grids.
Hydro Power Round Table SerbiaProjects meet Technology and Investors:
|Hydropower Round Table Serbia|
|TIME:||10:00 - 13:00|
|WHERE:||Novi Sad, Master centar Novosadskog Sajma
Hajduk Veljkova 11
|COST:||480€ (plus VAT)
2 persons per company
Despite the high unexploited potential in the Balkan region, the development of new hydropower projects has stalled primarily due to environmental concerns and a lack of financing. Many of the developments in the region are small (less than 10 MW in capacity) or include the modernisation or retrofitting of existing infrastructure.
Serbia has the highest installed hydropower capacity in the region, with some 2,835 MW currently operational. Over two-thirds of this capacity is concentrated near to the border with Romania, which hosts the Iron Gate 1 and 2 stations (2,116 MW and 540 MW respectively), which are shared equally with Romania. The country boasts an undeveloped potential of 7,000 GWh, focused on the Drina and Danube rivers.
With financial assistance from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Serbia announced plans to install new hydropower plants and two existing dams, and to rehabilitate a further 15 existing power plants totaling around 30 MW. With increased projected solar PV and wind penetration, Serbia has identified the essential need for a further pumped storage station, potentially the 680 MW Bistrica or 1200 MW Iron Gate 3.