Iulian Iancu, chairman of the Industry and Services Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, mentioned that the Romanian power grid has 27 pc losses, meaning USD 4 bln a year.
The targets set by the European Union regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy sources are compromised, Iulian Iancu, chairman of the Industry and Services Committee of the Chamber of Deputies announced yesterday during a symposium on energy, Agerpres reports.
“We are outside of the targets assumed by the European Union. At this moment, with regard to the energy efficiency increase target, we are at 8.6 pc, very far from the 20 pc set for 2020. The target regarding the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is also a failure. 58 pc of the global carbon dioxide emissions are produced only by 10 states. The renewable energy target of 20 pc is compromised also, because of the step back made by member states,” Iancu added, referring to the reduction of subsidies for renewable energy caused by higher prices.
He mentioned that the Romanian power grid has 27 pc losses, meaning USD 4 bln a year. “The loss to end consumer is 20 pc higher than in any other European state,” Iancu warned. He stressed the importance of innovation in the energy sector, especially in Bucharest, the city with the most acute need to cut costs. “(…) The capital is the first city that should promote a master plan in energy,” Iancu added.
Bucharest mayor Sorin Oprescu, who attended the event, said that the Municipality will conceive an energy master plan with the first target being a 35-40 pc reduction of the energy used by Bucharest. According to the4 mayor, only public lighting expenses amount to RON 76 M each year. Oprescu added that he does not want turning RADET and RATB insolvent, in order to increase their efficiency, using the Hidroelectrica model.
The chairman of the Industry and Services Committee of the Chamber of Deputies also proposed that Romania-based energy producers form an electricity package to be sold on the bourse and then exported. He explained that this would solve the problem of the energy surplus existing now on the domestic market. As for the technical capacity of the export grid, Iancu said that Romania can export 1,000 MW anytime.
The energy consumption diminished this year because the big industrial units, as well as household consumers purchased efficient equipment, explained Niculae Havrilet, president of the National regulatory Authority of Energy (ANRE). He gave as example some big consumers of energy, such as Dacia Pitesti and Ford Craiova.
Investments over EUR 4.4 bln in renewable energy sector
Romania attracted so far investments exceeding EUR 4.4 bln in the renewable energy sector, ANRE vice-president Emil Calota announced. According to the same source, Romania’s commitment to the European Commission for year 2020 is 24 pc total energy from renewable sources, calculated from the total electricity consumption. However, with 2013 being considered as a boom in renewable energy, Romania is very close to meeting the targets of year 2020 for green energy not only due to investments, but also because the consumption of electricity has declined. The ANRE official added that, according to the latest data, we currently have 3,150 MW as envelope accredited with support scheme in compliance with legal regulations. He remarked that wind energy ‘fared well enough’ because there currently are 2,000 MW, so the boom in terms of renewable energy was given by solar facilities, which have almost 650 MW accredited so far.