Renewable energy law to come into force in July, ANRE officials say
A major issue with investors willing to bet their money on renewable energy projects – a clear and stable regulatory framework – seems to be close to a solution. Speaking at the Focus on Renewable Energy event organized by Business Review, Petre Lificiu, vice-president of the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE), said the ANRE would this week send notification to the European Commission on law 220/2008 for the establishment of the system to promote energy production from renewable sources, which will make the law applicable from July.
“We will send to Brussels notification on Law 220, so that by the end of June we will respond to any requests from the European Commission. The law will become applicable from July. It was a difficult process which required thorough calculations,” said Lificiu.
He added that no consistent changes were made to the aid scheme, with the European Commission agreeing with Romania’s proposals.
“Changes could be made for biomass projects, specifically for biogas derived from natural fermentation of waste for which a certificate for MW/h will be given. Biogas resulting from advanced processes will be given two certificates per MW/h, while for this type of projects with cogeneration two certificates plus one per MW/h will be applied,” said Lificiu.
The ANRE official also chose the Business Review event to make public new detail about the understanding between the ANRE and the Agriculture Ministry on the benefits investors could obtain by using degrading land. “We will make a compromise in the sense that we will give three green certificates for those who use degrading land, which is unsuited for crops. We have identified some 500,000 hectares,” said Lificiu.
The law on renewable energy should have been enforced two years ago, but applicability norms have yet to be set.
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