Daniel Kiryakov: The U.S. Power Plants Have Future in Bulgaria

AmCham Bulgaria’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager Daniel Kiryakov had a conversation with the TV anchor Maya Kostadinova in her talk-show “Speak Now” on the Bulgarian National Television in the afternoon of April 9th, 2022. The reason for this invitaiton was the Recovery and Resilience Plan which was officially endorsed by the EC Chairperson Ursula von Der Layen who was at an official visit to Sofia. The plan was announced was one of the most “green” plans of member states that are approved so far.

“The RRP should not be seen as panacea that will solve all energy matters. Because there are several matters that stand before our country, and among them are the energy independence and how Bulgaria will upgrade its energy strategy.”

Daniel Kiryakov

He also said that the Maritsa East Power Complex should not be shut down because there are three large thermal power stations that guarantee Bulgaria’s energy independence. “There are such technologies that can provide abundant, sustainable and in long-term – available energy. In the Power Complex there are present investors that are willing to stay in Bulgaria and to continue investing,” he said also.

Kiryakov said that there is neither political nor economic logic the U.S. power stations to be decommissioned. “The local resources, such as lignite coal, is extremely valuable and the investments in the Martisa East Power Complex prove their profitability and sustainability.”

It is very impressive that Bulgaria has its own voice in Brussels. Using data and analysis, confirmed by independence way, Bulgarian politicians can go to Brussels and to articulate our national position.

Answering the question should the carbon emissions be increased, Kiryakov said that it is not needed because it will harm end consumers. In Europe we should look three main components with regard the energy transition: climate neutrality, energy independence, and an affordable price. All of these should be in balance, ended Daniel Kiryakov.

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