EC asks Romania to clarify recent adjustments to renewable support scheme

By bne IntelliNews July 25, 2013

The European Commission has urged Romania’s government to explain whether the ordinance 57/2013 that amends the support scheme for green energy production [under the law 220/2008] produces effects or not, Adevaul daily reads, quoting a leaked communication.

Specifically, the EC has urged Romania i. to notify the amendments brought to the law 220/2008 under the law 134/2012 last year ii. to explain the effects of ordinance 57/2013 and notify it in case its effects are relevant for the law 220/2008.

The government of Romania has wrongly informed that the EC had agreed to the stipulations included in the ordinance 57/2013, the EC’s note quoted by Adevarul daily reads. The Commission’s relevant bodies have not received the necessary information needed in order to infer any conclusion in this case, the Commission’s note informs.

In fact, the government of Romania has never officially informed the Commission, up to date, on the content of the ordinance. There were the investors’ associations that asked the Commission to step into this case and clarify the situation.

As we reported, the government of Romania has withheld, under the ordinance 57/2013, part of the tradable green certificates given to energy producers that use renewable resources. The withheld certificates would be given to recipients [or will be freed for trading, technically] after April 2017 or January 2018, depending on the technology used.

The move is aimed to prevent the excessive rise in the electricity cost for end-users, the government has explained. Market regulator body ANRE has already calculated the impact on the end-users’ bill to become effective July 1, based on the government’s ordinance 57, seeing prices going down 4.3%.

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