UPES Round table: “Self-production of energy – challenges and benefits” was held on October 14, 2022 at the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia
In the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia on 14.10.2022. In 2018, the Round Table “Self-production of energy – challenges and benefits” was held in the Organization of the Association for Energy Law of Serbia (UPES) and the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia with the support of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V. (HBS) in Belgrade.
The round table was opened by the president of UPES Dr. Branislava Lepotić Kovačević, who once again drew attention to the actuality of the self-production of energy, which can be realized in many ways, to which this round table is also dedicated. Tibor Modlvai, representative of HBS in Belgrade, he once again underlined the importance of this topic for sustainability and pointed to the long-term successful cooperation with UPES and the need to devote their activities in the next three-year period to raising local capacity, in order to expand the awareness and possibilities of realizing sustainability, and thus self-production of energy among citizens.
Aleksandar Kovačević, an economist, speaking about the economic aspects of the impact of self-production of energy on the security of supply, underlined that by switching to self-production, the consumer assumes the risks of fuel supply and technical reliability of the system. Ljiljana Hadžibabić, an independent consultant in the field of energy, spoke about the direct electricity line and self-production and explained the importance of the possibility of supply through the direct electricity line for market development, comparative legal solutions, but also pointed out that in the Republic of Serbia this the market instrument is not sufficiently developed, both regulatory and in practice. Dejan Stojanović, director of the “Toplane Serbia”; Business Association, spoke about CHP plants and self-production of energy and the possibilities of using large CHP plants (high-efficiency cogeneration) in large industrial systems, as well as the possibilities of using small cogeneration for citizens. Jadranka Ristić, from JP EPS, EPS-Supply Branch, presenting the topic Calculation in the account for net metering and net billing of prosumers, explained each of these two calculations of electricity for prosumers and pointed out the differences and cases where they are applied, which answered the questions asked both in public and at this round table. After the discussion, Miloš Kuzman, Vice President of UPES, presented the lessons learned from this Round Table, indicating that there is still much to be said about this topic, given its importance in practice.