Enel to Scrap 220 Megawatts of Capacity in Slovakia Next Year

Enel SpA, Italy’s largest utility, plans to shut down two blocks of Slovakia’s coal-fired power plant Vojany because planned increases in distribution fees will make the operation unprofitable.

The closure of units 1 and 2 will reduce Enel’s total generation capacity in Slovakia by 220 megawatts at the beginning of 2014, a company spokesman said.

Slovak energy regulator plans to start charging a network connection fee for 30 percent of reserved capacity beginning on Jan. 1. The Italian company, which acquired two-thirds of Slovakia’s largest power producer, Slovenske Elektrarne AS, in 2006, said the fees will disadvantage electricity producers in Slovakia in comparison with those in other countries.

Enel operates a total capacity of 5,739 megawatts in Slovakia, including two nuclear, two coal-fired, two photovoltaic and 34 hydroelectric plants, according to the company’s website.

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