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Kosova e Re lignite plant, Kosovo

Although Kosovo has massive energy savings potential, the World Bank, backed by the US government, seems determined to ignore proposals for alternatives and push ahead with this so-last-century 600 MW lignite plant.
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The Kosovo A power plant near Prishtina (Original image CC 2.0 by Andreas Welch – http://www.flickr.com/photos/awelch/1176472776/ )

Plans to build a new coal plant close to capital Prishtina have been around for over a decade, starting out as a planned 2000 MW unit that would turn the country into the leading energy exporter for the Balkans. Yet, lack of investors and resistance to a massive lignite project in a country that already has the highest single point-source of carbon emissions in Europe have gradually diminished ambitions. Today, Kosova e Re is planned to have a capacity of 600 MW, costing around USD 2 billion, and it is being heavily promoted by the World Bank and by the US. Since Kosovo became a member of the EBRD in December 2012 the bank has also indicated its interest in the project.

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