Romania: Summary

Updated: 03.02.2017

Author: Silvia Nicola

In Romania, electricity from renewable sources is mainly promoted by a quota system. The financial support scheme for new installations producing electricity from renewable sources has ceased on the 31.December 2016. Nevertheless, there has been much discontent with the development of the RES-E market after 2014, due to heavy financial losses of the producers. While both the producers and the Ministry of Energy have been discussing throughout the entire year 2016, how the main law 220/2008 can be once again amended to redress the course of the developments, no final decision has been reached in 2016, also due to the changing of the government in the wake of the parliamentary election in December 2016. After the market has shrunk by 8% in 2016, an amendment of the law, concerning the producers already benefiting from the financial support scheme is more than probable. However, according to the 2016 version of the Romanian National Energy Strategy, there are no plans for a further support scheme for new installations except potentially for the underdeveloped biomass sector. 

Renewable energy use in the transport sector is also promoted by a quota system. 

Grid operators are obliged to connect renewable energy plants to their grids without discriminating against certain plant operators. They are also obliged to transmit electricity from renewable sources as a priority. In general, the grid operators are obliged to develop their grids on the request of a plant operator, if the connection of a plant to the grid requires the grid to be developed.

Furthermore, there are policies in place to promote training programmes for RES installers and to enhance the development of RES-H infrastructure. 

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Further information

  • ISPE - Institutul de Studii si Proiectari Energetice – Institute for Studies and Power Engineering
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  • ISPE website
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  • AFM – Administratia Fondului pentru Mediu (Administration of the Environmental Fund)
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  • AFM website
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