Albania has enormous potential for generating electricity through the utilization of water resources (hydro), wind, solar and biomass energy resources.
The public electricity production in 2011 was accomplished mainly by hydroelectric plants; 98.57% of total energy production was from HPP’s and only 1.42% from the TPP of Vlora. The total net production of electricity from generating public companies was 4,021,245 million kWh, while the production from private HPP’s was 136,831 million kWh.
From the comparison of electricity generation during the period 2007 – 2011 large fluctuations are observed from one year to another. Year 2011 isn’t indeed considered a good hydrological year, while 2010 is considered an extraordinary one with energy production amounting to 7,743.295 million kWh.
Increasing investments in water supply network and sewerage have further enhanced the status of this sector. Alone in 2010, this sector received about 10 billion ALL of investments, 6.5 billion ALL of which came from the state budget and the remainder from foreign funds. The government passed budget increase in this field to give boost to tourism projects and help areas that face difficulties insupplying water. As a consequence, the National Network the Water Supply was extended by 47 km.
The table below provides a breakdown of the costs of drinking water and contaminated water, to various categories in the major cities of Albania. The price of water and sanitation (ALL/m3) for the year 2011
|Town||Drinking water lek/m3||Contaminated water ALL/m3|
|Sh.a. U. Elbasan Fshat||36||110||110||–||–||–|
Note: Prices given above do not include VAT
Source: Albanian Water Regulatory Authority (WRA) www.erru.al