Romania may get feed-in tariffs for small renewable projects this summer

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The feed-in tariff scheme for small renewable projects in Romania could be enforced starting this summer, pending final approval on the regulated tariffs from the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, said on Thursday, Zoltan Nagy-Bege, ANRE board member, reports Agerpres newswire.

The ANRE is expecting the approval of the EC on regulated prices for renewable capacities under 1MW, respectively 2MW for biomass units in co-generation system, according to Nagy-Bege.

“When the EC tells us it agrees with the technology or if it has suggestions, then we will make calculations and publish tariffs. Given the EC’s (e.n. assessment) pace, it is possible to receive it during this month. At present, we have positive feedback from them; we need at least two months to start the methodology. If we receive a positive answer from the EC in March, probably this scheme for feed-in tariffs should be rolled out in June, July,” explained the ANRE member.

He added that electricity suppliers will be obliged to take in the output, and pay the fixed tariffs established by the ANRE. It will also be easier for small investors to sell their electricity, according to Nagy-Bege.  The ANRE has proposed differentiated tariffs depending on the technology.

The feed-in tariff will be based on the rate of return, around 10-12 percent, similar to the green certificate scheme.

According to Nagy-Bege the feed-in tariff will be optional, and operational plants that receive green certificate will be able to switch to the tariff-based system.

Ovidiu Posirca

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