The Republic of Slovenia was formerly part of Yugoslavia, became in 2007 the first former Communist country to join the Eurozone, and in 2010 joined the OECD.
Slovenia’s Energy Law was passed in September 1999. Amendments were made partly in order to regulate support for power stations generating electricity from renewable energy sources, in accordance with the Community Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection. In the framework of the sustainable energy programme 2007-2013 Slovenia is planning a programme for sustainable energy with a volume of 410 Mio Euro. The funds are designed to trigger investments in primarily in the area of energy efficiency, and also in the area of renewable energy by subsidizing investments with 15-40 % of the total investment.
Slovenia’s activities in the area of sustainable energy are considered to be more advanced than those of other new EU member states. The drafts of the “Climate Change Act” and a long-term climate change mitigation strategy have been prepared. Progress towards a switch to renewables and greater energy efficiency has been made. Slovenia introduced programmes to co-finance renewable heat in households, industry as well as district heating using biomass. An amendment to the regulation on support of electricity produced from renewables, introduces a 10% annual decrease of support for photovoltaic (PV) installations until 2014. Slovenia has implemented some ambitious policy measures, such as an obligatory installation of 25% renewable energy in new buildings, a tax on air pollution with CO2 exemptions for businesses agreeing to reduce their emissions by a set level and a spatial development strategy that defines the use of renewable energy sources and combined heat and power as a priority for new or modernised public infrastructure.
However, these ambitious measures compete against increasing energy demand due to an improved standard of living.
Local Policy Aspects
Local Policy Aspects – Zagorje (Remining-Lowex)
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- A report on Slovenia’s energy policy can be found here: http://www.enercee.net/slovenia/energy-policy.html
- Slovenia’s national energy efficiency action plan (NEEAP) can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/demand/legislation/doc/neeap/slovenia_en.pdf
- Slovenia’s national renewable energy action plan (NREAP) can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/renewables/action_plan_en.htm
- A report on the implementation of the first EPBD can be found here: http://www.buildup.eu/publications/16144
- An assessment of Slovenia’s energy policy by ECOFYS and WWF can be found here: http://www.climatepolicytracker.eu/slovenia