SKOPJE (Macedonia), April 18 (SeeNews) – Power distributor EVN Macedonia said the electricity output of its 11 small hydro power plants totalled 45 gigawatthours (GWh) in the first quarter of the year, 40% above plan.
The outperformance is due to the upgrade of EVN’s small hydropower plants and the introduction of modern technology, EVN Macedonia, part of Austrian energy group EVN, said in a statement available to SeeNews on Monday.
EVN Macedonia’s strategic goal is to produce electricity from renewable sources, the statement said.
The 11 small hydro power plants are Kalimanci, Matka, Pena, Sapuncica, Pesocan, Zrnovci, Dosnica, Bogomila, Sapka Kaskada, Belica and Modric. They have a combined installed capacity of 48.5 megawatts (MW) and individual capacities of 0.24 MW to 13.8 MW each.
The installed capacity of the Macedonian energy system is 1,550 MW. The 11 small hydro power plants contribute 3.65% of the country's electricity output and account for 8.3% of its hydropower generation, EVN's press office said earlier.
Macedonia split its communist-era power monopoly ESM into a generation unit called ELEM, a distribution unit ESM and a transmission company MEPSO. In 2006, the southeast European country of two million people sold 90% of ESM to Austrian EVN.
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