Romania has a capacity of 378.5 MW of photovoltaic panels

At December 31, 2012 in Romania were photovoltaic parks with a combined capacity of 49.3 MW and at June 30, 2013 were 378.5 MW operational projects. Wind farms have evolved from 1,822 MW at the end of 2012 to 2,163 MW at the end of the first half.

However, the situation has not changed much in terms of biomass projects, whose capacity increased from 39.7 MW at the end of last year to 43.2 MW. Also, small hydropower installed capacity increased from 425 MW to 472 MW.

Further, in July, Regulatory Authority data (ANRE) submits that the foundation granted 39 permits for projects producing energy from solar sources.

Also in July, ANRE has issued two licenses for setting up wind projects, two for biomass energy production and authorization for hydro power generation.

Starting with 1st of July 2013, the Government decided to postpone the number of green certificates for wind, solar and small hydro until which had to be given, until 2017 - 2018.

The photovoltaic projects will receive from 1st of July 2013 only 4 green certificates per MWh, compared with 6 certificates allocated so far. Wind projects receive only a certificate of two and small hydropower, two certificates of three.

According to the Government Emergency Ordinance 57/2013, is postponed temporarily the accordance of one green certificate for new hydro installed which have a capacity of 10 MW, of one green certificate for wind power plants and of two certificates for solar power plants.

Recovery of green certificates will be deferred from 1 April 2017 and for hydroelectric and solar from 1 January 2018. For the wind plants the process will be staggered up to 31 December 2020.

The ordinance also provides limited accreditation for power / electrical group for promoting the application of green certificate system to the total annual installed capacity of power plants producing electricity from renewable sources, which is set in the National Renewable Energy Action ( PNAER).

Under the law, the investments will be monitored quarterly by ANRE, which allows to the adjustment mechanism of overcompensation to be applied immediately. Trading of green certificates will be made directly between producers and suppliers, transparent.

ANRE will be required to cover the annual quota quantity of electricity produced from renewable sources which will be taken by the National Power System.

Florentina Staicu

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