Romania must accelerate renewables permitting procedures – Patres
Date: July 25th 2022
Author: Peter Palčec
Romania must accelerate permitting procedures for solar and wind plants if companies are to access funds from the Romanian recovery plan on time, said the Romanian association of renewable energy producers Patres on Friday.In its press release, Patres said that due to the war in Ukraine and the ongoing energy crisis, new investments in the renewable energy sector are needed more than ever if the country wants to ensure its energy independence.
Interest in funding for renewable energy projects under Romania’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) has far exceeded the government’s expectations.
At the end of March, its energy ministry announced a EUR 457.7m tender for up to 950 MW of renewable energy projects, but when the tender closed on 22 June, 668 solar and wind projects with a total capacity of 3.5 GW had been submitted.
Patres says that such a level of investment can only be achieved within the indicated period (until June 2024) if legal solutions are found to expedite permitting. Therefore, the association is demanding that the authorities remove administrative bottlenecks to allow the development of new production facilities and storage capacity projects.
The creation of a new investment cycle in the renewables sector can only happen if there is a sufficient level of predictability for investors, Patres adds.
However, it has also expressed its disappointment that this legislation only applies to solar projects and not wind energy projects.
According to Patres vice-president Martin Moise, this oversight presents yet another obstacle for wind farm development, which already faces problems related to a lack of suitable sites and grid connection issues.