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Montenegro should invest in clean energy instead of building new power plants, considered Daniel Kammen

Podgorica, September 07, 2016 - Daniel Kammen, director of RAEL's (Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory - Laboratory of Renewable and special forms of energy) at the University of California, Berkeley, and the science envoy John Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States, sent a letter to Prime Minister of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic, in which he expressed concern over the planned construction of the second block of the thermal power plant Pljevlja, which should build a Czech company Skoda Praha, with financial assistance from the Czech export Bank and the Czech insurance agency EGAP.

Kammen, who is Professor of Energy at the University of Berkeley, recently, in cooperation with the Sarajevo-based think-tank SEE Change Net, participated in extensive work on creating the low carbon path that  countries in  Southeast Europe (including Montenegro) should follow on their way to EU. Kammen is the author of publications Southeast Europe: Path to the EU or the way to nowhere? The energy roadmap for 2050: Technical analysis that brings the necessary steps that SEE countries need to take on the road to sustainable, efficient and renewable energy systems to enable them to fulfill their EU targets, as well as international obligations related to the fight against climate change.


In this letter, Kammen expressed his dissatisfaction that Montenegro, a country that has great potential for energy from the sun, as well as energy efficiency, which is committed to the fight against climate change by supporting the Paris Agreement, is now considering the construction of new thermal power plant in Pljevlja. "Through our work in South Eastern Europe became very clear that, when it comes to smart investments, the most important thing to choose the future of opportunity, rather than spending money on the dinosaurs of the past," says Kammen.


He encourages the Prime Minister Djukanovic to consider strategic options, which  Kammen would support, to see "whether this investment worth of taxpayers' money, whether it is really compatible with EU objectives and commitments related to the fight against climate change, and most importantly, whether it is an opportunity to invest in the future ".


Kammens letter to Prime Minister of Montenegro, comes at a time when the biggest polluters in the world - the US and China - have ratified the Paris agreement. Number of premature deaths resulting from air pollution in Montenegro amounts to 240 per year, while the economic cost of these deaths amounts 14.5% of GDP in Montenegro. As a country that is constitutionally obliged to be ecological, Montenegro should continue on its path towards the EU by investing in renewable energy and reducing the use of lignite.


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