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Electricity household prices, cut by 1.89pct from July 1

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Regulated electricity prices decreased by an average of 1.89% between July 1 and December 31, 2020, and the market will be fully liberalised from January 1, 2021, according to a press statement released by the National Energy Regulation Authority of (ANRE) on Monday.The decision was made at a meeting of the ANRE Regulatory Committee on Monday, June 29, 2020, when orders for the approval of regulated electricity prices for household customers between July 1, ...

ANRE : Deregulation of gas, electricity markets to have beneficial effects on consumers

Thursday, July 2, 2020

The deregulation of the Romanian gas market, on July 1, 2020, and of the electricity market, from January 1, 2021, will have beneficial effects for household consumers and will attract investors, Zoltan Nagy-Bege, Vice President of the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE), said on Tuesday."Deregulations will have beneficial effects on household consumers, even if not tomorrow, on this market dominated by a small circle of suppliers. In the medium and ...

Energy Security Barometer: 21.5% of Romanians say they are vulnerable consumers

Thursday, July 2, 2020


The second edition of the Energy Security Barometer, launched on Wednesday, reveals that 21.5% of consumers consider themselves vulnerable, in terms of difficulties in paying energy bills. At the time of the survey, less than half of Romanians (48.8%) said they had heard that the natural gas market would be liberalized starting July 1, 2020, while 50.2% had not heard about it. Only 21.5% of Romanians consider that they have ...

PNL and USR attack with CCR the amendments brought to law 33/1994 which allow the construction of hydropower stations in protected natural areas

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Uniunea Salvati Romania –USR announced on Tuesday that, together with the National Liberal Party – PNL attack with the constitutional court the amendments brought by the parliament to law 33/1994 regarding the expropriation for public utility, amendments which will allow the construction of hydropower stations in protected natural areas and which ‘ will have as extremely negative effects for all rivers in Romania and will produce the irreversible ...

EU ministers exclude nuclear, fossil gas from green transition fund

Thursday, July 2, 2020

European Union countries agreed on Wednesday (24 June) that the bloc’s flagship fund to wean regions off fossil fuels should not finance nuclear or natural gas projects, despite calls from some Eastern countries for gas to be eligible for EU funding. The European Commission, the EU’s executive, wants to set up a €40 billion Just Transition Fund, comprised of €30 billion from an EU coronavirus recovery fund and ...

Five bidders reportedly compete for CEZ’s Romanian assets

Thursday, July 2, 2020

India Power Corporation, Hungarian power group MVM (Magyar Villamos M?vek), German utilities group E.ON, and the German financial services group Allianz are reportedly the bidders that compete against the Romanian state-controlled consortium Hidroelectrica - Electrica - SAPE for the Romanian assets of Czech utility group CEZ. The Romanian consortium reportedly submitted its binding offer last week, unofficial sources familiar to the ...

Govt. allows Hidroelectrica to bid for CEZ’s assets

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Hidroelectrica, the largest electricity producer in Romania, received on July 25 the agreement of its majority shareholder, the Economy Ministry,  to submit a binding offer for the Romanian assets of the Czech group CEZ. Hidroelectrica will make the bid in a consortium with Electrica and SAPE, also controlled by the state. The approval also allows the company to contract a loan to finance the ...

OMV Petrom wins tender for Black Sea block II license in Georgia

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Romania's top oil and gas group OMV Petrom [BSE:SNP] has won a tender for the Black Sea block II license in Georgia, the country's State Agency of Oil and Gas said on Friday. Before starting drilling, OMV Petrom will carry out two-and three-dimensional seismic exploration works on the perimeter, the agency said in a post on social media. Drilling costs will depend on the exploration results, it ...

OMV Petrom Director, about Black Sea gas: If you want industrialization, extract subsoil resources

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Romania needs to extract its subsoil resources if it wants industrialization, said, on Thursday, the General Director of OMV Petrom, Christina Verchere, in a conference about the internal production of Romania.At this time, Romania is a net importer of natural gas, even though it has the enormous opportunity of natural gas in the Black Sea. What is necessary for this project to advance? This opportunity is unique for Romania, but the project is not ...

OMV Petrom, Romgaz say obligation to trade gas on stock exchange contradicts idea of free market

Thursday, July 2, 2020

The obligation of gas producers, imposed by law, to sell on the stock exchange certain quantities, at certain prices, through the gas release program, which enters into force on July 1, contradicts the idea of free market, say the representatives of the two major gas producers in Romania, OMV Petrom and Romgaz, present on Thursday at the webinar "Black Sea in the New Economy", organized by Sustainable Romania and EM360."This gas release and the trading ...

StateSec Havrilet: Romania has huge offshore wind potential of over 70,000 MW

Thursday, July 2, 2020


Romania has a huge offshore wind potential of over 70,000 MW and it could reach the UK level in this sector within five years, Secretary of State with the Economy, Energy and Business Environment Ministry (MEEMA) Niculae Havrilet stated on Tuesday."There is a huge opportunity for Romania in the offshore wind sector [offshore wind turbines]. There is a potential of 22 GW [20,000 MW] in turbines with fixed foundation, on the seabed, 50,000 MW, respectively, in ...

Payments under state aid scheme for large industrial energy consumers to be made in July

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban announced on Tuesday that the state aid scheme to support large industrial consumers of electricity is operational, and payment for 2019 will be made in July."The good news was that the state aid scheme adopted by the Romanian government and approved by the European Commission, will be commissioned in July and the plant will benefit from state aid as a large consumer of electricity, under which the cost of carbon dioxide emission ...

EU climate transition needs mineral miners, not coal miners

Thursday, July 2, 2020

The European Union needs to transform its coal-mining regions into the source of minerals for clean technology, such as cobalt and rare earths, if it is to meet its climate goals and curb import reliance, a senior official said on Monday, euractiv.com reads. The European Union has long wrestled with its dependency on imported natural resources. But the debate has gathered momentum as it seeks to ...

EBRD ensures sustainable operations of KazTransGaz

Thursday, July 2, 2020

EBRD €243.5 million package to address liquidity and working capital needs of KazTransGas Contribution to low-carbon strategy of ...


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Enel X Romania, part of Enel X, Enel Group’s advanced energy services business line, has launched a simulator for photovoltaic systems, capable of configuring installations with a high degree of customization, based on the information provided in real time via Google Maps app. The simulator is designed for companies interested in reducing their electricity consumption and CO2 footprint, by installing a PV system on the roof or on the ...

Orban: a billion euro EU funds for connection to the gas network

Thursday, June 25, 2020


Premier Ludovic Orban stated on Saturday that Romania will allocate, in the seven years to come, a billion euro out of European funds for projects which aim at the setting up of gas distribution at the level of localities, allowing the doubling of the number of households connected. ‘For the period 2014-2020 we are on the point of receiving the approval of the European Commission for the allocation of a sum of 200 million euro for these ...

Vast Resources to sell first copper concentrate from Romanian project in August

Thursday, June 25, 2020

UK-based Vast Resources said on Monday that it expects to make the first sale of copper concentrate produced at its Baita Plai polymetallic project in Romania in late August. The company will use part of recently raised funding of 1.48 million British pounds ($.183 million/1.64 million euro) to cover the first month’s production at Baita Plai until the first sale of concentrate, it said in a press release quoted by ...

Gas for the population got cheaper on the Stock Exchange up to 38 lei MWh, almost half against the regulated price

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The price of gas for the population in Q3 of the year, once the deregulation of the market reached 38 lei/MWh at the the Romanian Stock Exchange for Goods, almost half against the regulated price at present, according to the quotations published by the stock exchange operator.On Friday there were the first tradings with gas on BRM on the basis of the programme of gas release established by the National Authority for Regulation in the domain of Energy (ANRE) with a ...

Energy minister accuses gas suppliers of abusing dominant position, being arrogant on eve of market deregulation

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Energy Minister Virgil Popescu continued on this Wednesday the accusations against the gas suppliers, reproaching them for abusing their dominant position in order not to reduce the price for the population, with the deregulation of the market, as of July 1.The minister attended on Wednesday the presentation of the second edition of the "Energy Security Barometer" in Romania, an event organized by the "Ion I.C. Bratianu" Institute of Political Science and ...

E.ON: With no reasonable long-term gas prices in place, no cut in household bills starting July 1

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Gas company E.ON Romania argues that the gas amounts on the market are not available for reasonable long-term prices, so as to allow a cut in household bills starting from July 1, but does not exclude that this will happen in the next period, the company said in a reply sent at the request of Agerpres.The gas market will be fully liberalized starting with July 1, and household consumers will no longer pay regulated prices. Whereas Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu ...

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