Romania to be energy independent despite Ukraine crisis


Romania is expected to achieve energy independence by the end of the decade, due to shale gas and alternative energy sources like wind and nuclear power. It is the third most energy independent country in the European Union after Denmark and Estonia, voanews.com says in an article.
“A neighbor of Ukraine, Romania has found itself in recent months close to Europe’s latest energy and political crisis, a crisis that threatens to disrupt Europe’s gas supply and throw the European Union into economic turmoil. Despite the continent’s dependence on Russian natural gas and oil, Romania is the only southeastern European country believed to approach energy self-sufficiency, and is mostly unaffected by the crisis in Ukraine,” said Voice of America. Iulian Buga, Romania’s ambassador to the United States, said Ukraine’s crisis emphasizes the need to speed up that process. “The booming energy sector is expected to be the main economic driver and job creator as Romania works to catch up to wealthier EU members,” the American journalists appreciate.
In another context, according to Transelectrica data, the projects of renewable energy production reached a total capacity of 4,698 MW in late May. Thus, there were wind energy projects with a power of 2,829 MW, photovoltaic parks with a total capacity of 1,200 MW, micro-hydro power stations of 560 MW and biomass projects with a cumulated power of 100 MW. At the end of February, there were 4,582 MW renewable energy production capacities. The producers receive subsidies as green certificates all the consumers are paying for, including the household consumers, and which are marked separately in the monthly power bill.
Romania committed for 24 per cent of the gross final power consumption in 2020 should derive from renewable sources, but ANRE announced that this target was reached on January 1, 2014.

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