The Albanian government has earmarked US$6 million from the state budget for renovation of the old power grid.

The investment aims to improve the country’s power supply before winter, and to cover an increased need for energy.

Pajtim Bello, deputy minister of privatization, said: “This is the first serious investment in 10 years in the energy sector.” The Albanian Energy Corporation (KESH) has lost millions of dollars through unpaid bills, many from state-run enterprises. KESH plans to hire police to collect the money. “This situation is not the result of incapacity or bad management on our part. It’s just the overall situation of public order in the country,” said Alfred Paloka, Director General of KESH.

Albania produces 5 GWh, but has 6.5 GWh demand.