As Hungary is largely dependent on energy imports, creating the conditions for Hungary’s energy independence will be the most important task in the coming years, the incoming energy minister told parliament’s economic committee at a hearing on Thursday. Although energy industry investments cost a lot, Hungary must undertake them, Csaba Lantos said. He said he saw great opportunities in renewable energy resources including solar, biogas, biomass and geothermal solutions, adding that depending on geographical conditions, the setting up of wind farms was also feasible. Lantos said domestic energy supply could only remain secure by operating high-capacity power plants in addition to “weather-dependent” energy resources. The committee supported Lantos’s appointment as energy minister. The government has recently initiated setting up an independent energy ministry which parliament approved earlier this week. The new ministry is slated to start operating from Dec. 1.