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Romania to shortly launch first round of renewable-energy auctions under CfD scheme, with EBRD support

By Nigina Mirbabaeva

Citește în română

  • Romania to tender 1,000 MW of onshore wind power and 1,000 MW of solar PV power capacity, in line with its Recovery and Resilience Plan milestones and the country’s renewable-energy targets
  • CfD scheme and first round of auctions are supported by the EBRD
  • First auction in a multi-year plan for awarding CfD support to 10 GW of onshore wind and solar capacity by 2030

Romania is shortly launching its first auction for a contract-for-difference (CfD) support scheme for renewable energy. Onshore wind power projects and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a total capacity of 2,000 MW will be supported through a CfD scheme for 15 years. The auction will take place in the coming month, with successful bidders expected to be announced in November 2023.

An information note to bidders will be published ahead of the official launch of the auction and will be made available on the Romanian Ministry of Energy’s website.

The EBRD is working together with the Ministry of Energy and other Romanian authorities to create the necessary legal and regulatory framework for the CfD support scheme and to implement the competitive tender process for the first round of auctions in 2023.

The two-way CfD scheme incentivises investments in renewable energy by providing revenue stability to developers and strengthening the market integration of renewables. The auctions represent the first round of a multi-year plan, which envisages the award of CfDs for a total of 10 GW of onshore wind-power and solar-PV generation capacity by 2030.

Mark Davis, EBRD Regional Head of Romania and Bulgaria, said: “We are proud to play a key role in developing Romania’s renewable energy sector and to support its ambition to decarbonise the Romanian economy, in line with the Recovery and Resilience Plan milestones and country-level renewable energy targets. This new CfD scheme awarded through auctions is critical to unlocking private-sector investment and to ensuring the transition to a resilient and green energy sector. We thank the Ministry of Energy and all stakeholders in Romania engaged alongside us in this undertaking.”

The EBRD has supported the implementation of renewable-energy auctions in many of the Bank’s countries of operations. To date, the EBRD has invested €10.5 billion in 514 projects in Romania. 

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