Albania provides a vivid example of how dependence on a single source of energy – be it fossil fuel, renewable or nuclear – can jeopardise a country’s security of energy supply. Diversity of energy sources and access routes remains the key to security and reliability of daily energy supplies, says GIS expert Dr Carole Nakhle who considers, in this briefing, the problems Albania faces with its almost exclusive dependence on its own hydropower for its electricity use.

ALBANIA is a small country of 3.1 million people, with rugged mountains in the Balkans. It has been a net energy importer since the mid-1990s, with energy imports meeting more than 58 per cent of the country’s needs.

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Dr. Carole Nakhle
In 2007, Albania suffered from the worst dry spell since 1915, which significantly reduced the country’s power generation capacity, leading to blackouts in the Balkan nation
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