Based on the data and projections analysed, ANRE estimates an increase in the number of prosumers at the end of 2022 to a projected 30,000 prosumers. Given these developments, it is expected that congestion or lack of capacity for the connection of new renewable capacity to the electricity grids of distribution operators will occur, following a similar trend in the connection of renewables in the period 2012-2016 on transmission grids. The emergence and formation of microgrids and local energy markets are also expected with the emergence of aggregators and energy communities.
ANRE has presented a report on the evolution of the number of prosumers in Romania in 2021. Thus, at the end of the year, 13,600 prosumers were registered in Romania, with a capacity installed in power plants of 85 MW.
“Regarding the evolution of the number of prosumers, the analysis carried out for the period January 2020 – December 2021, shows a linear increase in the number of prosumers in the period January – September 2020, followed by a significant increase between September and December 2020, once with the entry into force of the legislative amendment regarding the increase of the installed power from 27 kW to 100 kW, which continues in 2021,” prosumers reaching a number of 13,596 at the end of the year, shows ANRE.
At the same time, the installed capacity of the power plants reached 85 MW.
“The analysis of the data presented shows a linear increase in installed power belonging to prosumers between January and September 2020, followed by a significant increase between September and December 2020, with the entry into force of the legislative amendment to increase installed power from 27 kW at 100 kW, which continues in 2021, reaching the value of 84,946 kW of installed power at the end of the year.”
Distribution Energie Oltenia has 20% of the total number of prosumers connected to its own network, and the other distribution operators – between 11 and 16% of the total. E-Distribuţie Muntenia has a portfolio of 24% of the total installed power.