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Moldovan minister advocates new "more ambitious" energy strategy

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Moldova needs a new, more ambitious but realistic energy strategy, Deputy Premier, Economics Minister Valeriu Lazar said on 24 April at a meeting with a team of the technical assistance project "Capacity Building for Sustainable Energy Development".

According to the Economics Ministry's media liaison service, the participants in the meeting discussed ways to adjust the initial agenda of the project, analyzed a number of proposals meant to enhance the efficiency of the implementation of this project.

The project, estimated at 1.413 million euros, will be financed by the Swedish government. The project's main goal is to provide technical assistance in order to build institutional and technical capacities of the key energy companies so as to optimize their energy efficiency and to use renewable energy resources.

To meet the goals of the project, the Moldovan Energy Strategy is to be revised and extended until 2030, and assistance will be provided to draft secondary legislation on energy efficiency and to work out a mechanism for calculating the costs of energy audit.

Lazar said that the most important is the social and economic impact of the strategy. "The biggest challenge for us is the sustainability of end energy consumers and of the economic sector," he noted.

Valeriu Lazar said that the Agency for Energy Efficiency, which is the project s beneficiary, is responsible for implementing the energy efficiency policies and ensuring the use of renewable energy resources. The responsibilities of this institution and of the Economics Ministry should be clearly defined, he added.

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