Slovenia’s electric power transmission network company Elektro-Slovenija (ELES) signed an umbrella agreement for the implementation of cross-sectoral projects in the electricity, heating and cooling sectors with the Mayors of Velenje and Šoštanj.
According to the press statement of Elektro-Slovenia, the purpose of this cooperation is to create public goods and to identify potential projects, ideas, relevant partnerships and the necessary sources of funding.
“The agreement represents a safeguard for the local community to be able to ensure stable care in the future, regardless of what is happening in Europe”, Director of the Strategic Innovation Department at ELES, Uroš Salobir said at the agreement signing event.
Darko Menih, the Mayor of the Municipality of Šoštanj pointed out that a more environmentally friendly heat source could be provided to his area as a result of joint projects.
Peter Dermol, the Mayor of Velenje highlighted that the signing of the agreement is the foundation on which Šaleška Dolina’s new district heating system will be developed within ten to fifteen years.
As the ELES press statement informs, the investment documentation for new projects is already being prepared. Considering their environmental significance for the Šaleška Valley, the signatories are hoping to receive state funding.