Electricity from renewable energy sources is currently promoted by a quota system in Romania. After a decision taken by the Government, the mandatory renewable energy quote promoted through green certificates was lowered to 8.3% of Romania's gross final consumption. In 2016, the quota was 12.15%. In April 2017, the Romanian government approved a the draft Emergency Ordinance amending the Romanian renewable energy law 220/2008 to eliminate the 12-month validity period for green certificates as a way to bolster RES development. The certificates will now be valid until the end of the support scheme in 2031 for all renewable energy installations commissioned before 2017.
The green certificate system and its compulsory quotas help guarantee that each electricity supplier proves that a certain amount of the electricity supplied has been generated from RES. The green certificates, issued to the suppliers who fulfil the accreditation system by the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE), are used by the national network operator TRANSELECTRICA. The green certificates are then traded on the green certificate market, managed by the specialised operator OPCOM.
Through no quote system exists for new installations, producers can still obtain a subsidy through the National Rural Development Programme.
Heating and Cooling
In the heating & cooling sector, financial support is provided under the subsidy programmes of the Romanian Environmental Fund and of the National Rural Development Programme.
Renewable energy sources in the transport sector are promoted by a quota system: fuel retailers are obliged to ensure that biofuels make up a prescribed percentage of their annual sales.For more detailed information regarding the available support mechanisms in Romania, please refer to RES Legal.
There is presently no feed-in tariff system in Romania. For details about other support mechanisms, please refer to the above section.
Last update: 03 2021