Balkans drought fuel fear of repeat winter energy crisis

Reuters: A second straight winter of blackouts and escalating energy prices is hanging over the Balkans as the driest weather in 40 years has depleted water levels and shows no signs of easing. Hydro power accounts for about a quarter of the region's generation, and with nearly 1,800 MW of coal-fired capacity offline for planned maintenance, utilities may have to turn to costly imports to maintain supply as they did a year ago. "If the drought continues the situation in the power sector is set to be......

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