The lowering of the number of green certificates will be implemented only in the case of renewable energy producers that will enter the market from 2014 on, and the suspension of offering certificates will be operated solely in the case of companies that already produce alternative energy, Marian Manicuta, director within the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE), stated yesterday during a press conference. The Economy Ministry proposes to the government, through a draft emergency ordinance, to postpone, from July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2016, offering one green certificate per MWh produced by hydropower micro-plants and by wind farms and two certificates per MWh produced by photovoltaic plants, in order to put an end to “the uncontrolled hike” in the price of electricity. On the other hand, ANRE points out that the number of green certificates offered to renewable energy producers should be lowered, in some cases to half. This was the conclusion of an analysis of the renewable energy market in 2012.
The steepest drop in the number of green certificates offered per MWh was proposed by ANRE for photovoltaic plants, namely the halving of the number of certificates to just 3. In a draft government decision, ANRE recommends lowering the number of green certificates for new wind farms from 2 to 1.5 per MWh, and for re-used wind farms from 2 to 1.3. In the case of hydropower micro-plants with an installed power of up to 10 MW, ANRE considers that it would be appropriate to lower the number of green certificates from 3 to 1.3. According to Manicuta the effects of the two drafts should be cumulated. The draft emergency ordinance on modifying law 220/2008 on the system of promoting the production of renewable energy, launched for public debate by the Economy Ministry, represents a temporary measure, ANRE set to point out the conditions for offering green certificates, Marian Manicuta added during the press conference.