Romania is considering changing the current RES support scheme of Certificates of Origin (CoOs, “green certificates”) to a payment system to RES producers. The type of payments is yet to be defined as the Romanian national regulatory authority ANRE has proposed changing to a Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) or Feed-in-Premium (FiP) system, but the Minister for Energy has proposed a UK-style ‘Contracts for Difference’ (CfD) set-up.

Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) proposes replacing the support scheme for renewable energy with green certificates with a new fixed tariff system, intending not to alter the impact on the final price of electricity paid by consumers, Zoltan Nagy-Bege, vice-president of the institution, said on Wednesday, quoted by Agerpres.

Romania’s feed-in tariff scheme for small renewable projects in Romania could be enforced starting this summer, pending final approval on the regulated tariffs from the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, said on Thursday, Zoltan Nagy-Bege, ANRE board member, reports Agerpres newswire.

Energy watchdog ANRE is in the final stages of deciding on feed-in tariffs for renewable projects in Romania, in a move which has been expected by investors.
Zoltan Nagy-Bege, member in ANRE’s regulation board, said on Wednesday the European Commission (EC), the executive arm of the EU, sent the first approval letter this September on the computation mechanism drawn up by the ANRE. He added the watchdog is currently establishing the prices in the new system, which has to be vetted by the EC.