Romania wind production at 3-year high in 2015

Newsroom 11/03/2016 | 16:22

The electricity output from wind farms has constantly grown in Romania starting 2013, on the back of massive investments.

Total wind production reached 7GWh in 2015, from 6.2GWh in 2014 and 4.7GWh in 2013, according to data published by the Ministry of Energy.

For biomass, total production amounted to 0.5 GWh last year, slightly above the level registered in the previous year.

Meanwhile, the production from solar installations jumped from 0.4 GWh to 2 GWh in 2015.

According to the ministry, wind held a share of 11 percent of Romania’s total electricity production, while biomass and solar had 1 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

The biggest share of electricity came from coal (28 percent), hydro and hydrocarbons had 25 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

Total electrity production in 2015 amounted to 65.5 GWh in 2015, from 64.8 GWh in the previous year.

The local renewable sector has attracted around EUR 8 billion worth of investments, while losses have amounted to EUR 1 billion to date, according to estimates by law firm Wolf Theiss.

The investors were attracted by a generous support scheme that was cut by the government due to spiraling energy costs for companies and individuals.

The renewable producers generate their revenue from the sale of electricity and green certificates. However, at present, the large energy consumers have been granted exemptions of up to 85 percent out of the green certificates’ acqusition quota.

Ovidiu Posirca

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