(Ljubljana, 29 October 2020) – On Thursday, 29 October 2020, the 1st assembly of members of the Slovenian National Committee of the World Energy Council – SNC WEC was held via a video link. The SNC WEC Section thus became operational. At the 1st assembly of members, Ivan Šmon, the director of the company Elektro Gorenjska, was elected president, and Karina Medved Bregar of HSE was elected vice-president. Both have been appointed for five-year terms.
Ivan Šmon: “Previously, the SNC WEC operated as an association, but this has been abolished. I’m happy that the SNC WEC Section at the Energy Industry Chamber of Slovenia (EZS) has been formed, and that important EZS members have joined it. This is what provides the Section with the necessary weight. What needs to be known is that the World Energy Council (WEC) plays an important role in countries around the world, and I’m happy that the next assembly of members is already expected to be called in November and that we will start work. At the beginning of October, we presented the World Energy Trilemma 2020 report, and next February we expect the Issues Monitor 2021 report, which will contain an analysis of challenges in energy for Slovenia, too.”
Karina Medved Bregar: “I’m looking forward to working as part of what is already the sixth EZS Section. The EZS unites the Slovenian energy sector, and what I want personally is to contribute to the successful work of the SNC WEC Section. It is important that Slovenia is visible in international alliances. Through various EZS sections – which are connected with organisations such as the Union of the Electricity Industry (Eurelectric), the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), the European forum for energy business information eXchange (ebIX) – Slovenia is solidifying its position as a country which can boast a well-functioning energy market.”
The SNC WEC Section was established on 28 September 2020, when the treaty establishing the SNC WEC Section was signed by the last of the 12 founding members. The founding members are: Elektro Gorenjska, Elektro Celje, Elektro Ljubljana, Elektro Maribor, Elektro Primorska, Elektroinštitut Milan Vidmar, ELES, Plinovodi, GEN, GEN-I, HSE, SODO.