The Supervisory Board of the Slovenian, state-owned producer and seller of electricity, Holding Slovenske elektrarne (HSE) has unanimously appointed Dr Tomaž Štokelj as the new Managing Director.
“We have assessed Dr Tomaž Štokelj, who has practically worked in the energy industry his whole career and knows the industry to the last detail, as the most suitable candidate for the management of the company,” said Dr Nevenka Hrovatin, President of the HSE, following the appointment. “We expect that, with his competencies and experience, he will significantly contribute to bridging the emergency situation in the field of electricity supply in Slovenia and to maintaining the position of the largest Slovenian energy producer and one of the leading electricity traders in the region.”
Dr Tomaž Štokelj started his career as an electrical engineer with the company Soške elektrarne Nova Gorica (Soča Power Plants Nova Gorica), after which he became a junior researcher at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana, where he also obtained a master’s degree and a doctorate. Subsequently, he participated in the establishment of Slovenia’s electricity market and was in charge of setting up trading in the then-emerging HSE. Between 2002-2017, Dr Štokelj was the Executive Director for Marketing at HSE, responsible for the sale of electricity and system services, as well as the trading of electricity and other products such as carbon coupons, gases, RECS certificates. During this period, he was also the Director of several trading companies that HSE opened abroad and a member of the Board of Directors of the Russe Thermal Power Plant in Bulgaria.
After leaving HSE, Dr Štokelj provided consulting services in the field of the electricity market and energy efficiency. As part of this, he managed projects for companies in the field of energy and participated in the establishment and management of the company GGE Italy. Since 2021, Dr Tomaž Štokelj has been employed at GEN-I as Director of Strategic Portfolio Management.
“The HSE Group must become the holder of the green transition,” emphasised Dr Štokelj. “Our first task will be to provide sufficient, reliable and price-competitive electricity production and an uninterrupted supply of electricity to Slovenian consumers during the energy crisis. With motivated and competent employees, as well as accelerated investments in renewable energy sources, sources of flexibility and the development of new services, the HSE Group will play a leading role in the economically and socially just green transition of the energy sector with the goal of the greatest possible long-term self-sufficiency of the Slovenian electricity system.”