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April 23, 2021
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Renewable energy also sold via regulated agreements

The Government has published in the Official Journal of Romania the emergency ordinance amending the existing legislation on the support given by the state for the production of energy from renewable sources, one of the new options allowed being the sale of the so-called green energy via regulated agreements to the population, Mediafax notes.
Another changes implemented by the emergency ordinance is the postponement in the period from July 1, 2013 to January 1, 2018 of a certain number of green certificates according to the technology used for generating electricity. Wind energy will receive in the mentioned period one green certificate instead of two and photovoltaic energy will get four instead of six. Mini-hydropower stations will receive two green certificates instead of three. Investors in hydro and solar energy will be able to redeem the green certificates in stages until December 31, 2020. Wing energy producers will have the right to redeem their certificates after January 1, 2018. The new normative act notes the energy produced in photovoltaic stations situated on farmland on the date of the entry into force will no longer benefit from green certificates. Renewable energy producers will also not qualify for certificates for the energy produced above the level communicated to the operator of the national transmission operator Transelectrica.
Another provision makes alternative energy producers trade their green certificates exclusively through the electricity market operator.
Payment of green certificates only after receiving EC permission
The emergency ordinance on the support for renewable energy has been published in the Official Journal without the clause appearing in the draft normative act, according to which major electricity consumers were exempted from the payment of 50 per cent of the green certificates. The measure will only be enforces after the authorities receive the permission from the European Commission. The draft emergency ordinance that changed the law on renewable energy had said that big consumers using over 150,000 MWh would pay green certificates from 50 per cent of the purchased energy. In the final version of the emergency ordinance of the Government the clause was replaced by another one, stating that a percentage of the electricity delivered to end consumers is exempted from applicable the legal provisions.

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