The energy crisis that has affected the country in the beginning months of the year has been confirmed by the official data of Instat.

In a recently published report, it is noted that electricity production during January through March decreased by more than half compared to the same period of time in the previous year.

As a result, the country is forced to buy more electricity, creating a high cost for finances in the country, expenses which total over 110 million euros.

The decline in electricity production in the first quarter of 2019 has contributed to the increase of gross electricity imports.

But at a time when the country is suffering from decreased energy output, and hydropower depends entirely on rainfall; one solution could be the production of small hydropower plants and other renewable energy sources.

But the Infrastructure Minister, Belinda Balluku, blocked these projects with an unprecedented decision, creating bureaucratic hurdles for renewable energy producers as well.

Instat data indicates that energy production from private hydropower carries the burden of fulfilling the needs of the entire country.

Electricity production in the first months was realized by public hydropower plants at 53.6% and private and concessional hydropower plants at 46.1%.

The situation is even more difficult at a time when electricity consumption increases year-after-year.

According to Instat, the use of electricity by consumers in the first quarter of 2019 increased by 2.8% compared to the first quarter of 2018.

The biggest impact on increasing electricity usage by consumers has been provided by household customers.