The Romanian Department for Energy plans to cap the capacity of renewable energy producers that are awarded green certificates this year at 3,315 MW, shows a draft Government Resolution.
"As of the date of the resolution's coming in force, the accreditation by the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) of power groups / plants subject to the green certificate incentive system continues until the 3,315 MW limit is attained for the total installed capacity of power plants producing energy from renewable sources," reads the text of the draft resolution proposed by the Department for Energy.
However, recent statistics released by Transelectrica show that at the end of September 2013, renewable energy projects awarded green certificates had already reached a total capacity of 3,358 MW. This means that no new renewable energy projects will receive green certificates after the Government Resolution comes in force.
In the explanatory memorandum, the authors of the document note that projects in this sector have seen an accelerated commissioning rate over the past three years, rising from 469 MW installed capacity at the end of 2010 to 1,233 MW at the end of 2011 and 2,339 MW at the end of 2012, which stands for an annual rate of over 190%.
"The target assumed by Romania in accordance with Directive 2009/28/EC on the share of energy from renewable sources of the final gross energy consumption (electricity, heating, others), of 24% by 2020, was already achieved in 2010, when this parameter was 23.6 %. Romania ranked 2nd among EU Member States by the accomplishment of the proposed target. Furthermore, the share of renewables in the final electricity consumption over the first four months of 2013 was 39.4% compared to the 38% set for 2020, so it follows that measures are needed to get the sector back to the guiding trajectory outlined in the National Renewable Energy Action Plan, respectively restricting ANRE accreditation by capping the annual installed renewable energy capacities," add the project initiators.
If the figures set forth under this draft Government Resolution are found to be attained, ANRE will cease accreditation and energy producers will be entered on a waitlist and will receive accreditation "when the possibilities appear to meet the annual values established for the coming years." AGERPRES