Energy supply in Slovenia is both stable and reliable, and such holds true for all sources - from crude oil derivatives, natural gas and coal, to communal heating systems and the provision of electrical energy through the national grid network. Indeed, the quality of Slovenian energy supply is comparable to any other European Union state.
The energy picture of Slovenia indicates that in 2007 the primary sources required will increase by some 2.5 percent on 2006 levels and amount to 314.3 pJ (petajoules), while energy usage - i.e. consumption of electrical power, as well as solid, liquid and gaseous fuels - is expected to rise by 2.6%.
The use of primary energy sources is constantly increasing, and Slovenia is to a major degree dependent on energy imports (oil and gas), which cover more than 50 percent of all primary energy sources needs. Slovenian companies engaged in the energy sector contribute little under one-tenth of total national revenues, and generate 6.1 percent of aggregate value added. Electrical energy provision accounts for 45 percent of total energy sector revenues, and heads the list; electricity is followed by motor vehicle fuels (over 40 percent), the supply of gas, the production of prime movers (coal mining) and district communal heating services.
Congruent with the EU policy, Slovenia is increasingly pursuing the use of renewable energy resources aimed at decreasing reliance on non-renewable energy in the primary energy balance. Twelve percent of energy consumption in 2010 shall be from renewables, by way of which we can expect the ever further promotion as to the efficient use of energy, together with a more intensive exploitation of renewable sources of energy over the coming years.
Leading companies in the energy sector
- Elektro Ljubljana (www.elektro-ljubljana.si)
- ELES (www.eles.si)
- Energetika Ljubljana (www.energetika-lj.si)
- Gen Energija (www.gen-energija.si)
- Geoplin (www.geoplin.si)
- Geoplin plinovodi (www.geoplin-plinovodi.si)
- Holding Slovenske Elektrarne (www.hse.si)
- Nuklearna Elektrarna Krško - Krško Nuclear Power Plant (www.nek.si)
- Petrol (www.petrol.si)
- Premogovnik Velenje - Velenje Coalmine (www.rlv.si)
- Termoelektrarna Šoštanj - Šoštanj Thermal Power Plant (www.te-sostanj.si)
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