Romanian Wind Energy Forum 2011 – Day 1 Report & Main discussion themes

The Romanian Parliament may approve the law on renewable energy by the end of this year, which will open new ways to investors, said on day 1 of RWEF 2011 Zoltan Nagy-Bege, General Director of Energy Efficiency Department in the country’s energy regulator – ANRE.

Government will amend the law, encouraged by the European Commission by the end of September and then seek approval from Parliament, explained the General Director.

The new law regulations are most likely to conduct to an increase in the consumer electricity prices, in the year to come. Such inputs are highly necessary in order to support the renewable sources and building wind farms, added Nagy-Bege.

According to ANRE, this year, consumer electricity prices could increase with 2,5-3%.

Romania plans to generate 24 percent of its energy from renewable sources and 42.62 percent of its gross domestic electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020. The European Union has a target to get 20 percent of the energy from renewables within the same timeframe.

Moreover, the deputy Doru Lese, member of the Industry Commission within the Chamber of Deputies, explained that the law project supporting the renewable investments will also be analyzed by the Parliament and possibly improved if in practice there is a need for improvement.

Following a new key point in the Forum’s agenda, Jacopo Moccia, head of Analysis in European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), presented the study “Pure Power in Europe”. From his point of view, Romania has a big opportunity in wind industry and we can increase the wind power capacity untill 2020 with more than 2.500 MW.

Furthermore, lawyers debated the legal framework of E-RES in a interesting pannel, chaired by Irina Moinescu from Tuca Zbarcea&Asociatii.

The participants: Ionut Bohalteanu (Musat Legal House), Loredana Mihailescu (Cameron McKenna Legal House), Monica Iancu (Peli Filip Legal House), Klaus Kramer (TPA-Horwath), debated about PPA contracts and bank requirements for financing: the law 220 from 2008 to the present, the Ordinance draft submitted by ANRE to Government and the weight between clarity and ambiguity, between advantages and losses related to the law 220 and its implementation.

Firstly, about the recommendations of the legal houses to the wind developers, secondly the matter of individual notifications of the wind farms bigger than 125 MW and last but not least over compensations and what should be done in the future from the legal point of view regarding this matter.

Companies activating in the equipment and consultancy areas offered an objective perspective on developing a wind farm.

Adrian Cilcic – T&D Executive Director of Tractebel Engineering, Catalina Dragomir- Sales Manager of Vestas Romania, Sebastian Enache -General Manager of Wind Power Energy, Radu Voinescu- Director Siemens Romania, Markus Altenschulte – General Electric, Thomas Annegg – Senior Sales Manager EMEA East Europe of NORDEX, Miguel Ferreira – Executive Board Member of Megajoule talked about the best technical solutions for wind parks, as well as the experiences and lessons they’ve got in Romania.

The first evening ended with the official opening of the Electrawinds office in Romania and with a gala dinner sponsored by Monsson Group.