Government approves bill on renewable energy law

Newsroom 13/10/2011 | 18:23

The Romanian government has approved a government ordinance on Wednesday that establishes the green certificate system for energy producers from renewable sources. This will impact the prices of electricity by 2.5 percent, according to Dan Plaveti, president of ANRE (energy regulator), who is quoted by Agerpres newswire.

During the second edition of Focus on Power, recently organized by Business Review, Ionel David, public affairs consultant at the Romanian Wind Energy Association, said that electricity prices are expected to increase by almost 4.8 percent next year, as a result of the government ordinance.

The newly adopted ordinance stipulates that investors will need to notify ANRE for renewable installed capacities of 25 MW. Also, producers of energy from biomass will receive two green certificates instead of three.

In the first nine months of 2011, 771.246 green certificates have been awarded for wind energy, 142.185 for hydro, 1.068 for solar and 134.837 were offered for biomass. This data has been transmitted by Transelectrica.

According to OPCOM, the operator of the electricity market in Romania, the installed capacities of wind turbines reached 582 MW in 2011, microhydro power plans account for 81 MW, biomass totals 25 MW of installed capacity, while solar reached 1 MW.             

Ovidiu Posirca

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