Transelectrica to issue last wind energy approvals

[good or bad, this piece of news sounds important for us, ongoing developers; the source is http://ue.mae.ro/pdf/2009.04.27_highlights17.pdf, which is the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union]

 

 

 

 

Here goes:

Transelectrica to issue last wind energy approvals

The state-owned electricity distribution company Transelectrica, together with Electrica and the private energy distribution companies included in the portfolios of the Italian group Enel, the German company E.ON and the Czech CEZ concern approved until April the connection to the network of wind energy plants totaling 3,000 MW, close to the system’s ceiling, according to data sent to Business Standard by Transelectrica.

Practically speaking, from now on very few approvals will be given, according to officials of the state company, and soon these will stop altogether. “Connection approvals are being given, at a slower pace, because we expect that a large portion of the projects which have already been approved will not be finalized. We established that a total of some 3,000 MW is acceptable. We will exceed this, but not by much, so we will end up refusing applicants, at least temporarily,” the Head of Transelectrica’s Network Planning Division, Dan Preotescu, told Business Standard.

The ceiling for wind capacity which can be safely integrated into the system was set last year at 2,000 MW, based on estimates, as Romania has no experience in the field, and has only 11 MW installed. According to Preotescu, the experience of other countries showed that many companies that received connection approvals failed to complete the projects, which will also be the case in Romania. “There are few projects that reached the stage of signing the connection contracts. This means that many companies are unable to continue the projects”, the Transelectrica official said. He added the suggestion that the award of the connection approvals for the wind energy plants be conditioned by simultaneous investments in their own adjustment capacities from investors is still being debated, with no final decision having been reached so far. According to the last statement issued by Transelectrica, in April there were connection approvals for 2,981 new MW on the wind energy segment, up by some 515 MW against January. Out of the 2,981 MW approved, only 27 percent benefit from contracts for network connection. The connection network is the first step for the establishment of a wind energy park, with the second being the conclusion of a connection contract and the application for obtaining the establishment permit for the plant from the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE).

“Very few connection contracts have been concluded, which means this field is still developing very slowly,” the daily Business Standard cites Marian Turbatu, president of the Romanian Wind Energy Association as saying.

 

 

[anyway, we cannot say we haven’t been warned; just a recent example]

Radu Voinescu

Energie eoliana

Anunțuri

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