The lakes in the Drin cascade are being filled by rainfall. Fierza has a height of over 271 meters above sea level, which is less than 11 meters over the average for the previous ten years, according to data from the Albanian Power Corporation. While the lake’s maximum level has been exceeded at Vaun e Deja over the past ten years, Koman’s water level has reached 173.6 meters, approaching the multi-year average.
According to Azmer Dulevi, a specialist in the energy industry, “We are where we need to be in terms of water reserves to give us with the production component as it has traditionally happened.”
Albania is currently out of electricity due to high levels of production and the fact that some of the energy was previously imported. According to the agreements between the two governments, in such circumstances, energy surpluses could be deposited, but this is not the case.
“The KEK of Kosovo was approached with the idea of receiving our surplus energy, but it declined because it was more cost-effective to produce from its own thermal power facilities. It continued to produce and wouldn’t turn off its termocentrals. In the meanwhile, KESH is reselling a portion of the energy for about 200 euros per mWh “, declares Dulevi.
The obligations from the associations in which KESH and KEK are members are the additional barriers to energy storage in Kosovo. “We must also stress that there are restrictions on the energy transfers that can take place between Kosovo and Albania. The ENTSO includes Kosovo and Albania as well. Both governments may be penalized if the ENTSO-provided requirements are exceeded “, according to Liron Gjocaj of the Kosovo Institute for Development Policy.
Even for the knowledgeable Gjocaj, the Skavica’s structure can provide a water gathering capacity in the event of severe rain. Due to the fact that people may exchange energy throughout the summer, he adds, “and typically this can also offer economic benefits for the state itself and the citizens.”
Experts predict that the final days of rain will result in rain, which could result in the suspension or eventual elimination of the 800 kWh bandage for family consumers.