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Romania discourages investments in renewables in the next years

23 April 2014

The support scheme for renewable energy should be so designed as to make clear that the authorities in Romania do not encourage the further installation of new units of renewable energy, especially wind and solar, said the minister from Department of Energy (DOE) for

“I have created a working group from the first week that I have been installed in this position. […] We must say that we can not afford and we will not in the future support the installation of new energy production capacity from renewables. We can not afford it anymore, and this is one of the first conclusions we drew after the first discussions on changing Romania’s energy strategy. We can not afford it, especially wind and photovoltaic, because biomass is another situation”, said Răzvan Nicolescu for the news website.

The advantage of small renewable quota in consumption has been removed by a reckless support scheme

“When I was in Brussels negotiator for Romania, we have negotiated and got the lowest growth requirement (the percentage of renewable energy in total consumption – Ed.) of all EU member countries, […] but we have created the most generous support schemes. Is unsustainable, we rushed into it, we haven’t had the wisdom needed to establish a more cautious scheme, one to be sure we can apply. […] We we can allow new renewable units, especially wind and photovoltaic, in the coming years”, said the official from DOE.

Speeding has made in just two years the MW installed to increase from 1,232 (on December 31, 2011) to 4,285 (December 31, 2013), although the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (PNAER) indicates a target of 3,315 MW. “In 15.01.2014 the support scheme continues to be overloaded compared to the indicative trajectory set out in PNAER, being recorded connection contracts for 17,700 MW and Technical Connection Approvals issued in the last six months for another 5,500 MW”, shows a governmental document .


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