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ELES: increase in heating will put an even greater burden on the electricity networks

The transition from coal is an important process that will have long-term consequences for the economy and will have a strong impact on the energy sector in Slovenia.

In particular, while speaking at a conference about the transformation of the Šaleška Valley remote system until 2030, Aleksander Mervar, the CEO of the electricity transmission system operator (TOS) ELES, said that the case of solving the situation in the Municipality of Velenje will have important implications at the level of the entire country and close cooperation between the power industry and the activity of thermal energy supply is essential.

“We estimate that the increase in heating along with a high growth in the use of small heat pumps and due to the specificity of the operation of heat pumps during the winter period (in the afternoon and evening hours, which will cause an increase in the peak consumption of electricity), will put an even greater burden on the electricity networks, both distribution and transmission, as well as, for example, electro-mobility,” continued Mr Mervar.

The reason why ELES together with the Municipality of Velenje and the Municipality of Šoštanj are jointly tackling the challenge of transforming fossil-based heating systems at the local and national level as part of the partnership agreement defined in a framework agreement concluded in 2021.

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