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Ziarul Financiar – Ţara “morilor de vânt”: parcurile eoliene au ajuns la o capacitate de 1.000 MW după investiţii de peste 1,5 miliarde de euro

News about the development of the wind energy sector in Romania – 1GW online today:
(articol nou-aparut despre cum evolueaza sectorul energiei eoliene in Romania – 1000MW racordati astazi la retea)

–––– Autor: Roxana Petrescu ––––

Capacitatea parcurilor eoliene funcţionale în România a ajuns la 1.009,5 MW, cu 40% mai mare comparativ cu cea a unui reactor al centralei nucleare de la Cernavodă, investiţiile depăşind 1,5 miliarde de euro dacă se ţine cont de faptul că fiecare MW instalat costă între 1,5 şi 1,7 milioane de euro. Datele Transelectrica arată că în acest moment funcţionează 11 parcuri eoliene, toate fiind localizate în Dobrogea.

Cehii de la CEZ au cel mai mare parc eolian cu o capacitate de 387,5 MW în comuna dobrogeană Fântânele, în total funcţionând 155 de turbine de câte 2,5 MW fiecare.

Următorul ca mărime este parcul realizat de Energias de Portugal în comuna Peştera. Investiţia are o capacitate de 90 de MW şi cuprinde 30 de turbine eoliene. Tot Energias de Portugal mai are două parcuri eoliene de câte 69 de MW fiecare la Cernavodă.

Spaniolii de la Iberdrola au pus şi ei în funcţiune un parc eolian de 80 de MW în localitatea Mihai Viteazu. Italienii de la Enel au trei parcuri eoliene, fiecare de câte 70 de MW, precum şi unul mai mic de 34 de MW, toate situate în Tulcea.

Petrom, cea mai mare companie din România, figurează la rândul ei pe lista Transelectrica cu un parc eolian de 45 de MW în comuna dobrogeană Dorobanţu. Cel mai mic parc eolian ca şi capacitate din lista Transelectrica este deţinut de ButanGas. Acesta are 25 de MW şi este localizat în Siliştea, Dobrogea.

Transelectrica + Wind Energy = Love? ;)

Am participat vinerea tracuta la un „seminar pe teme energetice„, asa cum este citat in ultimele zile in presa, in fel de fel de declaratii in legatura cu subiecte de interes, precum Electra si Hidroenergetica etc.

Uite un subiect care ar fi trebuit sa fie mai prezent pe tapet, intrucat s-a discutat despre investitiile pe care trebuie sa le realizeze EDF in reteaua franceza de transport al energiei electrice (asa cum puteti vedea in prezentarea tinuta de Tristan Bosser de la GDF Suez si de dl. Manea de la Alstom, daca va intereseaza), insa nu s-a discutat mai concret despre planurile Transelectrica de a exporta excesul de energie din Dobrogea, desi a fost prezent dl. Ciprian Diaconu, directorul Diviziei Tehnice din cadrul Transelectrica, un profesionist deosebit de discret, persoana responsabila cu aceste proiecte:

–––––preluare Mediafax–––––-

Transelectrica va investi 250 mil euro în următorii 5-6 ani pentru racordarea eolienelor la reţea

Transelectrica (TEL) va investi, în următorii cinci-şase ani, în zona Dobrogei, aproximativ 250 milioane euro pentru constucţia a opt staţii de transformare şi a liniilor electrice care vor conecta la sistemul naţional o capacitate de până la 4.000 MW instalaţi în centrale eoliene.

„Aceste investiţii vor fi corelate cu planurile investitorilor în centrale eoliene”, a declarat, miercuri, şeful direcţiei de strategie corporativă din companie, Răzvan Purdilă.

Potrivit lui Purdilă, în acest moment există contracte de racordare la sistemul naţional pentru aproximativ 3.600 MW instalaţi în centrale eoliene.

Transelectrica este controlată de stat, prin Ministerul Economiei.

 –– am incheiat citatul ––

Acestea fiind zise, ne bucuram, pentru ca exact de genul asta de atitudine avem nevoie din partea Transelectrica.
Sigur, capacitatea de echilibrare a sistemului cu surse quick-firing este celalalt complement pe care il asteptam, ca sa putem exploata linistiti mai departe un potential energetic disponibil in conditii cel putin rezonabile pe termen mediu si lung, adica sustenabil.

–- short English version –-

Romania: Transelectrica to invest EUR 250mn to connect wind parks

Mediafax, 09 Sep 2010, online:-

In Romania, the state-owned electricity transmission company Transelectrica estimates the investments in the construction of eight transformer stations and electricity lines in Dobrogea region will reach EUR 250mn (USD 318.16mn) in the next five to six years. The transformer stations and the electricity lines will connect the wind farms in the region to the national power grid, with a total capacity of 4,000 MW. Currently, there are power grid connection agreements for wind farms with a capacity of 3,600 MW.
Link to original article in Romanian

The status in the Romanian wind energy industry

Reported by Ana Maria Nitoi, from the Diplomat, organizer of an industry-event: http://www.thediplomat.ro/articol.php?id=553

– I will take the liberty of copy-pasting the text here, giving the publication and author full credit, only because articles from the 2008 Green Energy Romania conference have disappeared from the website and it’s a pity –

Wind future held back by legal blockage

A delay for over a year in fixing legislation for renewable energy is holding up hundreds of million of Euros ready to fund wind energy in Romania, so investors are heading south in search of a breath of fresh air

Government failure to pass a law which would regulate and bring cash into the renewable energy sector is holding back investment in the new industry, all major players agreed at a recent ‘Green Energy for Romania’ conference.
Investments of 100 millions of Euro are being postponed until the Government clarifies a stable regulatory framework for renewable energy sources. Unclear legislation prevents financial institutions from funding green energy projects and this blocks the sector from developing. Many potential investors wanting to raise turbines in Romania’s wind-rich eastern counties are now decamping to Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Poland.
The obstacle is Law 220 on renewable energy. The Parliament passed this law in October 2008, but this cannot be applied until secondary legislation is approved by the Government.
The new law clarifies a mandatory quota of so-called ‘green certificates’, that each electricity distributor must purchase from a green energy producer every year. One green certificate represents one MW per hour of electricity generated and delivered to the national grid. The purpose of the scheme is to bring an extra funding mechanism to green energy.
On the surface, the delay is due to a bureaucratic hiccup. One year after the law had been passed, the authorities realised that it cannot be applied until the European Commission certifies that the green certificates support scheme is not state aid. Now authorities are preparing documents to send to the EC on the new law, but it is unlikely that the EC will actively discourage the development of green energy in Romania.
Due to the delay, energy regulator ANRE, the Ministry of Economy and Competition Council are shifting the responsibility between one another’s shoulders for their collective failure to spin the new law into action.
The ‘Green Energy in Romania’ event was organised by ‘The Diplomat – Bucharest’ magazine together with wind and solar projects developer Monsson Group, with partners in law firm Wolf Theiss and wind park developers Continental Wind Partners. Below is a summary of key discussion points.

Dana Duica, executive director, Romanian Association of Wind Energy
“We need to take bigger steps in wind energy development because Romania now has only 12 MW installed power capacity in wind, even though we have a significant potential.”

Radu Popoiu, managing director, PS Wind Management, Continental Wind Partners
“The big picture regarding the development of wind power projects in Romania is hampered by legislative uncertainty, difficulties in finding financing and the technical issues related to access to the power grid.”

Bryan Jardine, managing partner, law firm Wolf Theiss
“The adoption of the renewable energy sources law at the end of last year was an ambitious step forward as part of the harmonisation with the European Commission’s directive on renewable energy sources. The law aims at improving the green certificates system that Romania has chosen, as opposed to a feed-in regime [where electricity utilities must buy renewable electricity at above market prices to off-set high costs of renewable power generation], and to set a target for renewable energy sources to generate a 33 per cent electricity supply by 2010, 35 per cent by 2015 and 38 per cent by 2020. We have to take into account that Romania has a tradition in renewables like hydro power. The law itself was quite progressive. But the law required a secondary legislation to be adopted within 90 days from the moment when it was approved and that did not happen.”

Nadina Stanciu, expert at the office for promoting renewable energy and co-generation, Romania’s Energy Regulator (ANRE)
“There is no good news about the legislation yet. The Competition Council wrote to us and also sent a letter to the Ministry of Economy stating that Law 220 has provisions which could be perceived as state aid. This is why the European Commission should be notified before the law can be applied and, thus, before the secondary legislation can pass. We are working on this notification documentation.”

Dana Duica, the Romanian Association of Wind Energy
“Italy, Poland and the UK have in place a similar green certificates system which operate well. They notified the EC first and the Commission stated that green certificates do not represent state aid.”

Bryan Jardine, Wolf Theiss
“Most investors want to invest in Romania, but they question whether the green certificates system will be maintained. Developers face the risk of building wind farms and not being able to exit their investments, as financing is not available due to uncertainties created by the law. Many investors are tired of waiting and have crossed the Danube to Bulgaria. Romania is losing opportunities for foreign direct investment.”

Anca-Maria Teodorescu, economist, financing department, developer Monsson Alma
“Last year, Law 220 really gave hope regarding good cash flows in investments in wind farms, but since there is no secondary legislation the company is not able to make a clear affirmation about the outcome of such an investment. Now we are selling green certificates on the [Romanian] market. This is only one green certificate per MWh now, but two [as the new law stipulates] would have been great.”

Ciprian Diaconu, advisor to the general director of the transmission grid company Transelectrica
“The secondary legislation should clarify the uncertainties in Law 220. For example, it is not clear who is paying for the connection to the grid: Transelectrica or the developer. These clarifications should be settled fast. Now the electricity demand in Romania has decreased by ten per cent [compared to last year]. The situation in neighbouring countries is even worse. Romania’s electricity export has decreased by 30 to 40 per cent. There is also a lack of clarity on who is in charge in Romania with renewable energy. ANRE is the energy regulator, the Government is responsible for strategy, Transelectrica is responsible for the security of the grid, the distributors are participating with producers to the supply of the customers. But who is responsible in the end?”

Dana Duica, the Romanian Association of Wind Energy
“There are 1,493 MW installed power capacity approved with grid connection contract and 2,401 MW with a grid connection permit. Will there be any room left for others?”

Ciprian Diaconu, Transelectrica
“The grid can absorb another 4,000 MW, but I do not know when this will be possible. Transelectrica has a plan to reinforce and extend the grid. The European average shows that between five and ten per cent of the total cost of the project is related to the connection.”

Bryan Jardine, Wolf Theiss
“The costs with the grid connection can be split. The developer can invest in electricity transmission substations, with the cost being shared with Transelectrica through reduced connection tariffs.”

Alexandru-Valeriu Binig, director financial advisory, consultants Deloitte
“The second dimension of Transelectrica is to be the entity that follows the balancing capabilities in this country [A country needs to balance between different types of energy to guarantee security of supply, such as ensuring a constant flow of energy from coal power is available if the wind is not strong enough to turn the turbines]. Unfortunately the interconnection grid of Romania with its neighbours is not strong enough to bring from abroad the necessary balancing point. Transelectrica cannot influence the balancing capacities in the Romanian power generation sector, which are meant to provide safety to the operation of the entire system. So they look with hope to Petrom’s new investment in a 860 MW gas-fired power plant in Brazi. Transelectrica is thinking how it can delay the penetration of wind power until Romania has technical capabilities to balance it. But the law obliges Transelectrica to give free access to the grid under certain technical conditions. Now that there is not such a strong penetration of wind power generation, this creates a situation of calm until secondary capacities are developed.”

Ciprian Diaconu, Transelectrica
“In the balancing market, except for Petrom’s project which is under construction, all the rest [such as the Tarnita-Lapustesti hydro power plant project] are historical projects that we keep talking about.”

Adrian Muriel Carrasco, international business development manager, Gamesa
“In Spain we have a feed-in tariff which is much more simple [than the green certificates system]. We are looking to invest in Bulgaria which has a feed-in tariff system.”

Alexandru-Valeriu Binig, Deloitte
“The feed-in tariff system in countries such as Germany works in states which have financial resources to promote renewables. Romania has to allocate a relatively limited amount for supporting the renewables, which is why the mandatory quotas and the green certificates help the administration to keep the penetration of the renewables up to a certain level. Otherwise if we open the tap and say we will adopt feed-in tariffs we will really see 20,000 MW of renewables in Romania and the question would be who will pay for the electricity bill?”

Roy A. Maybud, president, Energy Holding
“We are talking about green certificates as if they are dropping from heaven. Green certificates are going to be paid by end consumers. Renewable systems will have to be developed further until they will not be so expensive that they are a burden to the end consumer. Governments should also support this by allocating funds for research.”

Financing held back

Claudia Pendred, director for Romania, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
“We are discussing with developers and utility companies about renewable energy, in biomass and wind, and we would be interested in financing these projects. But until we have a clear, stable and transparent regulatory framework, it is difficult for the EBRD and project developers to know what the cash flow of the projects is going to be and, in this case, it is difficult to finance them.”

Cosmin Cadere, business development manager, Mitsubishi Corporation
“We are looking to invest not just in wind power, but in any kind of renewable energy projects, as well as in conventional energy. The economic crisis means our company will focus on investing in innovation and renewable energy sources are a major part of our strategy. In Bulgaria the company has already decided to invest in a 200 MW wind park precisely because they have a more stable legislation [than Romania] and because there is a feed-in tariff system. If Romania had a similar feed-in tariff system we would be glad to jump in. Until then we are rather looking to the Czech Republic and Poland.”

Valentin Cudric, investment director, NBGI Private Equity, the investment management arm of the National Bank of Greece
“We have an investment fund dedicated to the energy sector. We have identified some good wind energy projects in Romania, but we face the same problem. There is so much uncertainty about the law that my colleagues from London, where our head office is, have shifted to Bulgaria where there is a feed-in tariff system in place.”

Projects stumped

Ciprian Glodeanu, senior associate, Wolf Theiss
“We are working with developers for which we have secured several sites with the intention to develop 17 wind farms. One of the projects is in an advanced stage. And the most challenging was the environmental permit. It was very difficult to explain to environmental NGOs and authorities the benefits of the project. I don’t think there will be a flux of investors quite shortly.”

Pal Peter, vice president, EnergoBit
“Our [wind energy] project is in a developed stage and we are going to stop it for now because of the many uncertainties. We are not going to invest as long as the legislation is not finished. EnergoBit also provides electrical components and has a contract with CEZ for its onshore wind farm in Constanta county.”

Dana Duica, the Romanian Association of Wind Energy
“We calculated a developer needs 101 permits to build a wind farm. Romania needs to simplify the administrative procedures. I salute the initiative taken last week in regard to the construction permit which will no longer be issued by local councils but by city halls. This is an example that Romania is at the beginning and is learning from its mistakes.”

Anca-Maria Teodorescu, Monsson Alma
“About two years are needed until all the documents are put together, including the wind studies for the area. Buying or renting the land also requires hard work. I know about a company that wants to build a wind farm and which needed more than 1.5 years to obtain the land-planning permit. It doesn’t depend on the developer, but on the authorities.”

Florin Frunza, head of business development and administration, Power Division, Petrom
“Petrom is interested to diversify into renewable energy, but so far we have not decided yet to invest in any project. We will probably partner with a developer. It would probably be cheaper to buy now a project but we will wait until the situation clarifies.”

Radu Gavrila, director of the wind energy division, Energia Verde
“We are developing about 15 wind projects in Dobrogea and Moldavia. Some local administrations are so small, that they do not even have a land-planning department. Therefore, for them it is difficult to offer that service, especially now when the Government decided to cut costs in the public system by 20 per cent, which in most cases means laying off people. How do we help local authorities to develop their services? We have a park in Tulcea for which we have land-planning permit and we are discussing with engineering companies for the design. In Braila county we have a 100 MW project.”

Event report by
Ana Maria Nitoi

Contracte de racordare si avize de racordare (ATR) – situatia la zi

Grupul energetic ceh CEZ, proprietarul fostei Electrica Oltenia, are contracte de racordare de la Transelectrica, compania de stat de transport energie, pentru toti cei 600 MW pe eolian pe care vrea sa-i instaleze in Dobrogea, iar alte 25 de companii isi impart restul de contracte pentru 215,39 MW, potrivit datelor de la inceputul lunii aprilie, centralizate de Transelectrica.

Astfel, la inceputul lui aprilie existau contracte de racordare pentru 815,39 MW pe eolian si avize pentru inca 2.166 MW, capacitate care o depaseste pe cea a trei reactoare nucleare de la Cernavoda.

Potrivit Transelectrica, Eximprod are contract de racordare pentru 70 MW, EUROPP ENERGOCONS pentru 43 MW, Romwind pentru 36,4 MW, Custom Line Energy pentru 15 MW si Bridgeconstruct pentru 10 MW, iar restul se imparte intre mai multe firme care au capacitati de sub 10 MW.

Presedintele Autoritatii Nationale de Reglementare in domeniul Energiei (ANRE), Petru Lificiu, a explicat intr-un interviu acordat Business Standard ca la ora actuala sunt cereri de racordare la retea pentru circa 18.000 MW pe eolian.

“Din cei 18.000, aproximativ 3.000 MW pot fi preluati acum de reteaua Transelectrica fara probleme. Sunt contracte de racordare pentru putin peste cei 600 MW ai CEZ, iar pentru restul pana la 3.000 MW vom avea o ierarhizare, in sensul ca au prioritate cei care investesc si in linii, transformatoare si centrale de echilibrare pe gaze sau hidro”, a spus oficialul ANRE. Acesta a adaugat ca a avut, recent, o intalnire cu reprezentantii Transeletrica pe aceasta tema, iar autoritatea are ca prioritate si dezvoltarea zonei Moldovei prin atragerea de investitori care sa aloce fonduri pentru eoliene pe axa Vaslui-Iasi-Galati.

Recent, Transelectrica anunta ca, impreuna cu Electrica si firmele private de distributie a energiei aflate in portofoliile italienilor de la Enel, germanilor de la E.ON, respectiv cehilor de la CEZ, a acordat avize pentru racordarea la retea unor centrale eoliene care insumeaza circa 3.000 MW, aproape de limita maxima de suportabilitate a sistemului. Potrivit specialistilor, sunt multe companii care isi iau avize de racordare, dar putine ajung in faza de semnare a unui contract de racordare, ceea ce arata ca nu au capabilitatea de a duce proiectele mai departe, fie din cuza crizei, fie din cauza reglementarilor neclare.

Avizul de racordare este primul pas pentru infiintarea unui parc eolian, al doilea constand in incheierea unui contract de racordare si solicitarea autorizatiei de infiintare a centralei de la Autoritatea Nationala de Reglementare in domeniul Energiei – ANRE.

Romania are un potential pe energie eoliana de circa 14.000 MW, marile companii energetice au anuntat pana acum proiecte de peste zece miliarde euro in domeniu, dar, in contextul actual, au pus in stand-by respectivele planuri sau le redimensioneaza. Instabilitatea legislativa din Romania ii sperie pe investitori, poate la fel de mult ca si efectele crizei. Ultimele mutari facute de piata eoliana din Romania vin dinspre portughezii de la Martifer, care se afla in discutii cu un dezvoltator local pentru preluarea unui proiect de 35 MW, situat la Babadag, in Dobrogea, pentru o suma ce poate ajunge la sapte milioane de euro, dupa cum au declarat pentru Business Standard surse apropiate negocierilor.

Recent, Eviva Energy, o subsidiara locala a grupului portughez Martifer, a cumparat la finele anului trecut un pachet de 10% din capitalul firmei Ground Investment Corp din Bucuresti (care dezvolta respectivul proiect), pentru care a platit 0,675 milioane de euro.

Martifer are intr-o faza mai avansata si un proiect eolian dezvoltat in nume propriu, tot de circa 35 MW si tot la Babadag.

Sursa: Business Standard

Din alte surse (vezi post-urile precedente), proiectul de la Babadag al Martifer este de 60MW.

Radu Voinescu

Energie eoliana

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

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