Results of Energy Analysis Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County

Electricity production by renewable energies in the region

Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén (BAZ County) is in north-eastern Hungary, on the border with Slovakia.

The region has one of the most diverse landscapes in Hungary: the north is covered by mountains with abundant forests, the south is part of the Great Hungarian Plain. Several areas of high conservation values, two important national parks and three world heritage sites contribute to the environmental quality of the region, which attracts many tourists. Automotive supplies, several factories, transportation and farming play significant roles in the local economy. Energy efficiency and RES developments are playing an increasingly important role in ensuring the region’s future.

Renewable energy sources, both biomass residues (from arable land, forestry and animal husbandry) and geothermal energy, have good potential for development. The Tisza, Sajó and Hernád rivers, as well as other streams, provide sites for production of hydro power. Also the potential for geothermal energy is significant in southern and central areas of the region. Possible sites for wind energy exist, as well. The region has good potential for the production of primary RES. The related drilling, construction and renovation can lead to substantial investments.

According to the future plans, the structure of renewable energy sources is changing. Due to the shutdown of the main RES power plants in BAZ County, the dominant role of biomass has gradually decreased, creating space for other, more modern technologies utilizing sun, wind and geothermal energy. National and local Energy Action Plans will give preferential support to progressive and environmental friendly heat production based on local renewable energy sources. In order to meet the demands of the future and to establish the region as forerunner in the energy change, a regional energy concept has been developed within the CEP-REC project, which can serve as a positive example for other regions.

Contact: WWF World Wide Fund For Nature Hungary Foundation

Ministry of National Development