news 07 Dec 12

Brussels Probs Grid Access Fee for Bulgaria Energy

The European Commission is examining the legality of a recently introduced grid access fee for renewable electricity producers in Bulgaria.


Responding to a question put forward by Bulgarian MEP Ivailo Kalfin, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger confirmed that a fast-track track procedure is currently underway to identify potential breaches of EU law.

The fee was introduced by Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation, DKEVR in September and has since been contested by the renewable energy industry.

The press office of the Bulgarian MEP noted that Kalfin requested feedback from the EC regarding the compatibility of the new grid access fee with EU law and whether the watchdog would take steps in connection with the anticipated bankruptcies of renewable energy producers.

If the fast-track check finds irregularities, the EC may launch infringement proceedings and demand that the fee be revoked.

Bulgarian renewable energy producers have staged numerous protests against the new fee for accessing the networks of the three power distributors operating in the country, CEZ, Energo-Pro and EVN.

Producers of green energy have claimed that the fee, which they say deprives them of up to 40 percent of their revenues, will result in numerous bankruptcies in the sector.

Representatives of the renewable energy industry in Bulgaria have also insisted that the fee contradicts EU legislation.

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