GEN-I hosted the 7th meeting of electricity producers who use renewable energy sources and high-efficiency cogeneration plants in Krško on September 29th. The initial responses, experiences and new challenges that arose during the project aimed at the self-sufficient supply of energy to households using solar power plants were presented at the meeting attended by more than 100 electricity producers who use renewable energy sources and high-efficiency cogeneration plants.
In his opening address, Martin Novšak, MBA, the Managing Director of GEN energija and Vice President of GEN-I’s Management Board, presented the operating results and plans of GEN, and announced significant steps in terms of ownership changes at GEN-I, with the aim of “bringing the entire GEN Group even closer to electricity customers by using innovative approaches and offering them the most competitive products, not only in Slovenia but also internationally.”
Dejan Paravan, Ph.D., Executive Sales Director at GEN-I, who presented conditions on the electricity market and recommendations for 2017, said that the growing proportion of renewable sources brings an element of unpredictability to the system on the production side, which can be seen in the majority of EU Member States. GEN-I is therefore developing commercial and technical solutions that facilitate the exploitation of demand response and production from renewable energy sources, and thus contribute to the improved balance of the entire system. Some of these efforts are being made in the scope of the international FutureFlow research project, which is financed by European funds from Horizon 2020 Initiative and whose participants include GEN-I.
Discussions followed on very current topics: Andreja Belavić Benedik from the Energy Directorate at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Robert Golob, Ph.D., President of GEN-I’s Management Board, presented and commented on the initial experiences of Slovenian households that have invested in the equipment required for a self-sufficient energy supply.
Mr. Golob said that “we are entering a period in which major changes in the energy sector are foreseen, particularly in the area of self-sufficient energy supply. Customers are increasingly aware of the environmental and economic advantages of such an investment.” He emphasized that “GEN-I is the first in Slovenia to promote self-sufficient energy supply, and in December 2014 issued a public tender for the allocation of grants, in the scope of which we offered 200 households a 25% subsidy for setting up their own solar power plant. New challenges lie in front us; challenges that GEN-I is prepared to face because we have the knowledge, strategy and vision to successfully develop and offer solutions for the cost-effective and environmentally friendly supply of energy to individuals.”
During discussions at GEN-I’s 7th meeting of electricity producers who use renewable energy sources and high-efficiency cogeneration plants, Andreja Belavić Benedik from the Energy Directorate at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Robert Golob, Ph.D. from GEN-I presented and commented on the initial experiences of Slovenian households that have invested in the equipment required for a self-sufficient energy supply.