Hungarian Government to support green transition in Western Balkans
The Government has approved the establishment of the Western Balkans Green Center, under a cooperation project supported by the Ministry for Innovation and Technology of Hungary, which aims to support the green transition in six countries such as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.
Solar Tender Canceled in Turkey
A tender for a total of 1 GW of solar power capacity, which was initially supposed to open at the end of January, has been postponed at a later month in 2019. The tender was supposed to be divided into three tenders for three separate locations (500 MW at Sanliurfa-Virasehir, 200 MW at the Hatay-Erzin site and 300 MW at the Nigde-Bor location). Local content requirements – 60% modules from domestic manufacturers – were included in the tender. The re-issued procurement may include storage options. Source: https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/01/14/turkey-scraps-1-gw-solar-tender/
Romania: New Benefits for Prosumers
As of January 1, 2019, households in Romania are now allowed to sell the surplus electricity from renewable energy production in their households to the grid. The amendment of the Renewable Energy Law in July 2018 helped remove obstacles to end-consumers to feed extra electricity to the grid, while also introducing the concept of prosumers. As a result of this amendment, prosumers do not have to obtain any authorization or pay taxes on the energy they supply to the grid. Source: https://balkangreenenergynews.com/romanian-regulator-permits-excess-electricity-sale-by-prosumers/
EBRD loan for Macedonia
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is lending € 5.9 million to Macedonian state-owned electricity company ELEM for the construction of the country´s first large scale solar power plant. ELEM will meet the total costs estimated at € 8.7 million.
Ukraine Parliament takes first step to introduce renewable energy auctions
On December 20, 2018, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted at first reading the draft law "On Amending some laws of Ukraine on ensuring competitive conditions for the production of electricity from alternative energy sources" No. 8449-d (the "draft law").
Montenegro awarded a land concession for solar energy project
The Government of Montenegro approved a 30-year concession of two land plots in Ulcinj municipality for the construction of a photovoltaic plant which will be carried out by a consortium of Finland's Fortum and one of Montenego`s power utility Electric Enterprise AD Niksic.
Slovenia is looking for applications to support renewables and high-efficiency cogeneration
The Slovenian Energy Agency has invited applications for incentives to support electricity production from renewable energy sources and high-efficiency cogeneration.
The Energy Community Secretariat and EBRD issue Joint Policy Guidelines
To help countries in the region design and implement an Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme in line with Article 7 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.
Eastern Partnership Business Forum in Vienna
On 6 December a conference was organised with the Eastern Partnerhip Initiative in the framework of Austria’s EU Presidency by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, partnering with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs.
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