Kosovo is a lower-middle-income country which has experienced solid economic growth over the last decade. Kosovo is one of only four countries in Europe to experience growth in every year since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008.
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Assume KOSID and allied civil society organizations will “win” the energy debate, with the Kosova e Re power plant (KRPP) remaining unbuilt. Would that transform Kosovo and bring the kind of future envisioned... Show More + in, and advocated by, KOSID’s recent media campaign? With clean, secure, and affordable energy from renewable sources? Or would such a “success” end up being a Pyrrhic victory, costly for Kosovo, its economy, and its citizen? Would today’s Energy Strategy—aimed at opening doors to modern technologies and an energy mix—be sacrificed in favor of the continued reliance on Kosovo A and opportunistic investments in this sector, resulting in more rather than less coal-based power generation in years and decades to come? Possibly with power plants being built not to increase domestic energy security but with a view to simply exporting energy, with technologies that are inconsistent with requirements spelled out in the European Union’s environmental acquis communautaire, and with socio-ec Show Less -
Policy makers under pressure can get preoccupied with the fixation of the moment. For the eurozone, that idée fixe has been “the firewall”. How big is big enough? Who contributes and how?Now that the eurozone... Show More + finance ministers have exhausted themselves with a multilayered package of hundreds of billions of euros, the debate will go global at this week’s spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The next preoccupation will be how many more hundreds of billions of euros should be pledged to the IMF. It will be Firewall II: the Sequel.I beg to differ. Not with firewalls exactly, but with the preoccupation.The survival of the eurozone now depends on Italy and Spain. They are the countries that are too big to fail – or to rescue. Extraordinary action by the European Central Bank has lowered the interest rates that Italy and Spain pay on their debt, but not solved their problems.In one sense, the much-badgered Germans are right. The fates of Italy and Spain depen Show Less -
BackgroundIn December 2011, the World Bank issued a study entitled “Development and Evaluation of Power Supply Options for Kosovo: A Background Paper.” This “Options Study” reviewed a variety of previous... Show More + studies commissioned by the Government of Kosovo, the power sector entities, the World Bank, and other donors. Many of these studies considered a variety of alternatives to a new, large lignite-fuelled power plant that the Government of Kosovo is planning to build. However, a systematic, consolidated and up-to-date comparison and evaluation of the costs of energy alternatives had not yet been presented.The Options Study provides this evaluation by covering the subjects necessary to any evaluation of a power generation project:power demand forecastpower supply optionsalternative power supply development plans composed of a sequence of supply optionscomparison of the costs of meeting forecast power demand from each of the power supplydevelopment plans (incl. power plant construction and Show Less -