ESM has 4.500 employees, and foreign companies with 10 employees build photovoltaics and wind turbines for us.

Renewable power generation on the rise - EPA photo, Neil Hall

The vice-president of the Union of Chambers of Commerce explained why we now have three times less domestic electricity production than in 1990

The state company ESM has about 4.500 employees, and it concludes a public-private partnership with foreign companies with a dozen employees each to build wind turbines and photovoltaic systems. This is the worst possible variant! - said Orce Simov, the vice-president of the Union of Chambers of Commerce.

- In the last period, ESM has between 4.000 and 5.000 employees and they do not build windmills or photovoltaics, but go for the worst possible variant: a public-private partnership with a foreign company. And that with foreign companies that have 10 or 15 employees each. They take the spatial resources of ESM and build facilities there, including wind turbines and photovoltaics in a public-private partnership, for which ESM receives 18 percent of the produced electricity, and foreign companies in the public-private partnership receive 82 percent of the produced electricity. Shouldn't a company with 4.500 employees, which has both electrical engineers and mechanical engineers and highly qualified and low qualified staff, make public-private partnerships. They should only call for tenders for the purchase of necessary products, and design and build all the energy facilities themselves - says Simov.

He emphasizes that the state company, which is the largest in terms of number of employees in the country, is not doing what it should be doing.

- It is nonsensical to have 4.500 employees and not have the capacity to make photovoltaic systems at the depleted mine in REC Oslomej - says Simov.

He also explains that now domestic production is three times lower than in 1990

- The ESM at that time produced 8.000 gigawatt-hours of electricity, and now it produces between 3.000 and 4.000 gigawatt-hours. We as a nation have had a strategy for the energy system for 40 years, but we have not acted on it and we have not built new energy systems - said Simov before the start of a round table on the topic "Lessons learned from the Greenovet project, use of artificial intelligence in the creation of green skills for the future", which was organized by the Union of Chambers of Commerce.

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