The Republic of Croatia has joined the International Coal Energy Past Coal Alliance and countries whose future of the energy system will not depend on coal.
The only active coal-fired power plant in Croatia is located in the Plomin Bay, has a total capacity of 210 MW, and balances the electricity supply system.
The competitiveness of the thermal power plant itself, which has a license to operate until 2040, will certainly change in the future due to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to which Plomin II currently delivers more than a million emission units per year. Plomin contributes to the total emissions of the Republic of Croatia by almost 6%.
Commenting on Croatia’s entry into the Alliance for Coal-Free Energy Production, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Tomislav Ćorić stressed that the overall economic and social transition will stimulate a greater need for electricity, so “we must plan well to bring new renewable capacities”.
“We are creating conditions for the cessation of the use of coal in the production of electricity, and we can say with certainty that this will happen before the expiration of the license for the operation of Plomin II. The dynamics of the inclusion of renewable energy sources will depend on the development of modern electricity infrastructure through the application of new technologies and especially the development of energy storage facilities,” said Minister Ćorić.
According to the existing strategic documents, to achieve the national goal of the Republic of Croatia of 36.6% in the share of renewable energy sources in final consumption by 2030, it is necessary to connect over 2,500 MW of new renewable energy plants to the electricity system.
In addition to large projects, it is equally important to open the possibility of active involvement of all citizens and entrepreneurs in the system of distributed production and use of energy from renewable sources, and adjustments of the system will go in that direction.
Due to all the above, Croatia is today on the way to achieving the preconditions for the cessation of coal as a fuel, which will certainly be achieved soon.