Regulatory Committee of the National Regulatory Authority for Energy ( ANRE) approved on 12 March, the granting of permits for the establishment of two new wind farms, according to a document posted on the website of the institution.
Projects producing renewable energy reached a total capacity of 4.412 MW at the end of January 2014, according to data from Transelectrica.
Thus, the system were wind projects with a capacity of 2,704 MW solar parks with a total capacity of 1,077 MW, 536 MW small hydro and biomass projects with a cumulative capacity of 95 MW, notes Agerpres.
Renewable energy producers receive subsidies in the form of green certificates, which are levied on all consumers, including the household, and are highlighted separately in monthly electricity bill.
Romania has assumed that 24 % of electricity consumption in 2020 to come from renewable sources, but ANRE announced that this target has already been reached on 1 January 2014.
To mitigate increasing bills, the Government decided on July 1, 2013, to defer the period 2017-2020 grant a number of green certificates.
According to GEO 57/2013, photovoltaic projects receive green certificates per MWh four versus six certificates as it was before 1 July 2013. Wind projects only receive a certificate for two, and two certificates of three small hydropower.
In addition, new projects entering the system after January 1, 2014 receive fewer subsidies from the start. According to the Government Decision 994/2013 of December 2013, November photovoltaic parks receive only half of the grants so far, and three certificates of six.
In the case of wind farms, the number of certificates is reduced to 0.5 in 2017 and 0.25 from 2018. Therefore, new investors will receive only 1.5 certified green by 2017 and 1.75 certified since 2018.
Also, small hydropower also receive 0.7 % less green certificates per MWh, only 2.3 certified for new plants.