The projects through which companies try to attract European funds for investments in energy efficiency must be drawn up very well, and the solution to ensure this objective is the production of energy within the beneficiary’s consumption profile, said Mircea Bica, CEO of the EnergoPower company from Cluj, during the conference “Energy efficiency for the energy transition – Oradea”, organized in Oradea by Energynomics together with the Romanian Fund for Energy Efficiency – FREE and the Directorate for Energy Efficiency within the Ministry of Energy.
“The cheapest MWh is the one you don’t consume, but going over this slogan, (…) distributed energy production and especially within the consumption profile is the next solution. Of course, this may be preferable from renewable sources, but also where there is other demand for energy, especially thermal or trigeneration, conventional fuel solutions also lend themselves,” said Bica.
EnergoPower, established in 2007, is active in the sector of energy infrastructure projects and currently conducts studies of solutions for the grid connection of energy production systems. The company has also developed a pilot project of its own investment that involves renting photovoltaic installations to prosumers through ten-year contracts.
The company is also working on a gas cogeneration project that it is developing with a partner. The project involves the delivery of thermal energy to a centralized city heating system (SACET), and the electricity is to be used for technical system services with rapid tertiary backup.
”In the first wave of renewables, everyone was running after green certificates. They are now chasing after European funding. Solar technology was overcompensated, yet many green certificates remained unused as a result of shallow measures. Running after European initiatives without having a well-done project can nevertheless result in projects that cannot be realised or that, once implemented, do not produce the anticipated results.,” said Bica.
The conference in Oradea was the 2nd of a series of 5 scheduled by the Energynomics communication platform, the Romanian Fund for Energy Efficiency – FREE and the Directorate for Energy Efficiency within the Ministry of Energy. The project is financed by Norway Grants 2014-2021.