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EC, pre-notified by Romanian authorities of postponing green certificates

The Department for Energy within the Ministry of Economy on August 2 sent a pre-notification of the amendments to the legislation on renewable energy, but did not get any request from Brussels referring to any complaint made by investors, the representatives of the above-mentioned department told Agerpres.
Through Government Emergency Ordinance 57/2013 the Government decided to postpone granting a green certificate for wind energy and micro hydroelectric power stations and two certificates for photovoltaic energy. Green certificates will be recouped in 2017 for the hydroelectric and solar power stations and in 2018, for the wind power ones. Another important provision is the limit put to accrediting green energy producers till they achieve the annual targets established by the National Action Plan in Renewable Energy. The representatives of the Department for Energy added that so far there had been no request from the European Commission referring to any complaint filed in Brussels by investors in renewable energy.
The Czech group CEZ informed on Wednesday it lodged a complaint with EC referring to Romania’s decision to postpone granting some green certificates, a measure that might cost the company up to EUR 66 M a year, according to Reuters. In its turn, EC says that it watches the situation in Romania and investigates similar complaints made by other companies involved in the field of renewable energy in Romania. ‘The Commission will state its opinions of the support schemes for renewable energy as well as of the governmental interventions in the energy field in detail, in autumn,’ spokesperson Marlene Holzner said in a release.
On the other hand, the Romanian Photovoltaic Industry Association (RPIA) salutes the CEZ company’s decision and claims, in a press release, that it has filed a complaint to the EC ever since June this year, a complaint concerning the violation of the formalities concerning the notification of the change brought to the support scheme. “The measures adopted through Government Emergency Ordinance 57/2013 are abusive, openly anticompetitive and illegal, and because of this Romania could be forced to pay considerable sums as penalties or damages.” RPIA President Ciprian Glodeanu stated that the Association will continue all overtures in order to suspend and abrogate OUG 57/2013, an ordinance that did not lead to the lowering of electricity bills for end consumers, but instead created a distortion in the investment environment that led to the dramatic drop of energy investments in 2013, the insolvency of some companies, the loss of jobs and taxes paid to the Romanian state.

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