site.btaEnergy Minister Sheds Light on Bulgaria’s Vision for Development of Electricity Sector
Energy Minister Rosen Hristov commented Thursday on the information from the environmental organization Greenpeace Bulgaria that it will challenge before the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) the strategic vision for the development of the power sector in the 2023-2053 period, proposed by the caretaker government.
"If they read carefully, they will see that this is a vision for the development of the electricity sector, this is a preliminary step in which we present guidelines that we intend to use for the development of the energy strategy," Hristov told journalists in response to a question about information that the environmental organisation was filing an appeal with the SAC over the strategy presented by the minister in January. The organisation pointed out that the document misinterpreted data from energy market analyses, lacked a comprehensive strategy for the development of renewables, and demanded that the decision to adopt the document be reversed.
According to Hristov, to avoid miscommunication, the organization should be involved in the discussion of the presented document, and give suggestions on how to develop the energy sector to be greener, how to achieve the environmental goals, to be constructive and work with the ministry, instead of challenging before the SAC a document that has not been finalized.
“We wanted to have a discussion to see if these directions are supported by the political forces and the experts,” Hristov explained. “They were backed by the majority. We are continuing with the detailed development, modelling, budget analysis and environmental assessment to turn this thing into an energy strategy,” the minister said. He pointed out that developing an energy strategy is a very responsible thing. “This is a vision for 30 years ahead, we are going step by step, things have to happen smoothly, to be discussed at different stages, to see different opinions, including from Greenpeace, the industry, trade unions, and end users,” Hristov said.
The Minister participated in the forum Government and Business Together for Green Energy in Sofia, organized by the Solar Academy Bulgaria association, Standart News and M3 Communications Group, Inc.