Warsaw, Poland — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy in the Government of the Republic of Serbia Prof. Zorana Mihajlović, PhD and Secretary Jennifer Granholm of the United States Department of Energy issued a joint statement today:

Serbia and the United States share the common goal of tackling the climate crisis and have pledged to accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies to meet their respective commitments to work toward achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Our two countries also share the goals of maintaining a secure supply of energy and a just transition for our citizens as we strive to decarbonize our energy economies. We seek to cooperate to identify and implement solutions for simultaneously achieving these common and inter-related objectives.  

In the power sector, our countries share the common challenges and opportunities associated with replacing electricity generation from incumbent fossil-fueled power plants with generation from new investments in zero-emissions technologies, including variable renewable power sources such as wind and solar power. In addition to recognizing the need for investment in new power generation technologies, Serbia and the United States recognize that energy storage is a critical element of energy security as our countries accelerate deployment of carbon-neutral energy systems. This includes a common interest in understanding, enabling, and improving the full potential of hydropower and pumped storage hydropower to contribute to reliability, resilience, and integration in a rapidly evolving electric system.   

In the spirit of cooperation, the U.S. Department of Energy and Serbia’s Ministry of Mining and Energy plan to identify mechanisms for applying the cutting-edge technical expertise and technologies that reside with U.S. companies and the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories to help accelerate the energy transition in Serbia.

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