The request for reviewing the ordinance concerning green energy, rejected

Both chambers of the Romanian Parliament rejected the request of the President Traian Basescu for re-examining the Governmenr Ordinance no. 57/2013 which sustains the law related to the support scheme for green energy producers. While yesterday the Senate decided to not consider Basescu’s suggestion, today, the Chamber of Deputies, the decision-maker in this case, took the same position, rejecting his call. Thus, the act that was initially passed by the Parliament remains unchanged.

On January 8, this year, Traian Basescu sent back to the Parliament the said act, saying that it is inopportune because its provisions have not been previously notified to the EU Commission as required by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

According to the ordinance in question, the quota of green certificates allocated to renewable energy producers is temporary reduced until 2017, 2018, respectively, as follows: 1 GC/ MW for new small hydropower, 2 GCs/MW for solar plants – to be recovered as from April 1, 2017, as well as 1GC/MW for wind power plants – effective until December 31, 2017.

As Govnet has already informed, unlike the ordinance, the law has an additional provision specifying that the temporary cutback affects only the producers who get permits by December 31, 2013, in this case the initial stipulations remaining effective. Under these circumstances and given the latest changes regarding the reduction of the of the quota of green certificates which came into force at the beginning of this year, the support the new producers entering the renewable energy market in 2014 benefit from will be even more drastically reduced until the law will be eventually promulgated. So, while they were supposed to receive 3 GCs for solar energy, 1.5 GCs for wind energy and 2.3 GCs for each MWh produced in new small hydropower with an installed capacity which does not exceed 10 MW, they will actually get only 1 GC, 0.5 GCs, and 1.3 GCs, respectively.

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