THE HSE GROUP IS THE LARGEST SLOVENIAN PRODUCER OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES
Did you know that the HSE hydropower plants produce more electricity per year than the Slovenian part of the Krško NPP? Today is World Water Day and we think it is appropriate to say that not only would there be no life without water, but it is also important because it helps us to live a modern way of life. In the companies of the HSE Group, we use water to produce electricity, to which we connect telephones, heat pumps, cars and other devices that make life easier and more fun.
In 2021, the HSE Group is celebrating 20 years of existence. During this time, its hydroelectric power plant produced almost 68 TWh of electricity, which is enough to cover Slovenia’s annual electricity supply needs almost six times over.
- The annual production of the HSE Group’s hydroelectric power plants would be sufficient to supply the energy consumption needs for the two-year transport of all active inhabitants of the Republic of Slovenia (24 billion kilometres) by e-cars, which would represent almost three million tons of CO2 emissions.
- HSE power plants produce more electricity in five months than the Slovenian part of the Krško NPP produces in one year.
- The power on the threshold of HPP Mariborski otok is 60 MW, which is comparable to solar panels on 40 football fields.
- The pumped HPP Avče has a flow of 640 Olympic pools of water every day.
- The chain of HPPs on the Drava produces 0.7 million households of electricity every year.
- One turbine at HPP Solkan produces as much electricity per day as 70 households use per year.
- The inlet and outlet channel of HPP Zlatoličje is the equivalent length to 58 laps of an Olympic Stadium.
- The HSE Group hydroelectric power plants can fully supply every Slovenian household with electricity from renewable sources.
In 2020, the HSE Group power plants, the largest Slovenian electricity producer, produced 68 percent of all electricity in Slovenia, and we were particularly successful in producing electricity from renewable sources. Hydroelectric power plants, which operate under the patronage of Dravske elektrarne Maribor and Soške elektrarne Nova Gorica, produced as much as 88 percent of all “green” electricity in Slovenia. This is due to good hydrological conditions and the high availability of the power plants throughout the year. In 2020, the share of electricity from renewable sources in the total balance of the HSE Group was 52%.
In 2020, the HSE hydropower plants produced 3,953 GWh of electricity, which is 457 GWh compared to 2019; the lion’s share was contributed by Dravske elektrarne Maribor with 3,200 GWh of produced electricity. In the first two months of 2021, the production of HSE hydroelectric power plants amounted to 649 GWh, which is 243 GWh more compared to the comparable period last year. In the first two months of this year, Dravske elektrarne Maribor produced 460 GWh of electricity. They exceeded the plan for this period by 51% and met the electricity needs of two thirds of all Slovenian households. Soške elektrarne Nova Gorica produced 188 GWh of electricity in the first two months, which is 146% according to the plan.
In the field of electricity production from renewable water sources, the HSE Group has bold plans. In October 2020, after more than a decade of coordination with the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia, we signed a concession agreement for the use of water for electricity production in parts of the Sava River body from Ježica to Suhadol. In the first phase, the hydroelectric power plants Suhadol, Trbovlje and Renke will be located in the area. With their production of 350 GWh, these will replace half of the electricity production from the former Trbovlje thermal power plant, which operated at a nearby location. By building the entire chain on this part of the Sava River, HSE will contribute to a 20% increase in the production of electricity from renewable sources connected to the transmission network.
Concern for the environment is included in all aspects and all areas of operation of the HSE Group. Knowledge and experience in the field of environmental protection and high ecological awareness of all employees, as well as the fact that we have not received penalties or fines for environmental damage for many years, prove that the coexistence of industry, nature and people is possible. In the HSE Group, we are thus actively implementing our commitments to a gradual transition to a carbon-free society, with an important role to be played at the level of the entire country.
Corporate Communications Department of the HSE Group