Minister for Energy, Razvan Nicolescu, said today at a TV station that the government could come these days or the next weeks ahead, with a new mechanism, innovative support for renewable energy.
He explained: " My interest is to be a burden as low as possible for consumers in terms of cost and that investments in energy, whether in the cogeneration or renewable energy support mechanism to have a sustainable, predictable and can be applied to long term. Generous schemes proved, in Europe and in Romania, not to be sustainable.
So we must think in the system to encourage sustainable low carbon technologies and I mean renewable and nuclear. It is possible, and it will happen Monday, when Prime Minister announces package of measures in the energy sector. And if it does not happen this monday is very likely to happen in the next days or weeks to come up with a mechanism to support new and completely innovative schemes. "
The official stressed that the new support mechanism will not violate any commitment, as those who have already invested can opt for the current system or the new one, but will be required approval from the European Commission.
"It would mean a violation of the commitments that those who have already invested will be able to choose the current system or future the system. You will need an approval from the European Commission, but this system has already been proposed by the UK Commission and the European Commission is to decide the coming months if its legislation regarding compatible with state aid. But it's a much more honest and a lot more predictable, 'said Razvan Nicolescu.
Monday, Prime Minister Victor Ponta expected to announce a series of measures in the energy sector, support for large consumers and the population. Minister Razvan Nicolescu said that some of these measures would be taken in the first session of the Government, and others in the coming weeks or months.
"The package of measures will address consumer population and the industrial. In recent days we worked a lot, trying to find solutions to respond to requests made by consumers, without violating EU member status and commitments to financial institutions with which we have agreements. ( … ) I wish that on Tuesday, we on the government, to move towards solutions, and on the other side, business people to focus on the business side.
The first steps would be taken a part in the first session of the Government next week. Others are projections within weeks or even months. There are pragmatic solutions, realistic, implementable solutions and perfectly in line with our status as a member country of the European Union, "he said Nicolescu.