Save the Energy Sector initiative
In late March, an open letter to state institutions was drafted, widely supported by a coalition of employer, professional and consumer organizations, trade unions, investors in renewables and grid companies, as well as industry associations. It calls for the halt of populism in the energy sector, reforms with international expert and financial support, dialogue, overall stabilization of the sector and introduction of measures to support energy-poor households. You can read the letter here.
A key figure in bringing the organizations together as part of this initiative is Krassen Stanchev from the Movement for Energy Independence.
BGWEA strongly supports this initiative. If you wish to express your support, you can fill in this form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Letter from BGWEA to state institutions
On 13 December 2013, the Bulgarian Wind Energy Association distributed an open letter to representatives of the state institutions regarding the 20% fee on income from production of electricity from wind and photovoltaic power plants.
The letter sets out the economic impact for the sector and the legal consequences from the implementation of this measure. You can review the letter here.
Proposal for 20% fee on income of wind and PV electricity producers
In relation to the proposal of parliamentary group "Ataka" for amending the RES Law, which was voted on 27 November 2013 by the budget committee in Parliament in the transitional and closing provisions of the Law on the State Budget for 2014, please review the position of the Bulgarian Wind Energy Association and the text of the proposals here.
BGWEA urges the government and the ruling majority to clearly and explicitly disassociate themselves from the legal amendments proposed by Ataka.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________"A World You Like" - campaign of the EC
"A world you like. With a climate you like." is the European Commission’s communication campaign on climate action.
Europe needs to make a transition to a low-carbon society – with low emissions of greenhouse gases – if we want to keep global climate change under control. Making our society low-carbon will create new, green jobs and bring other benefits including lower energy bills, comfortable and modern homes, cleaner air and better public transport.
The campaign aims to show solutions and best practices applied by citizens, businesses and authorities across the European Union. It covers five areas: travel and transport; production and innovation; building and living; shopping and eating; and re-use and recycling.
On June 28, the State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (SEWRC) published its decision for the determination of preferential prices for purchase of electricity from renewable energy and hydro power plants of less than 10 MW installed capacity. The price of electricity from wind power plants has been decreased further from the proposed levels earlier in June. You can see SEWRC’s decision here. You can review the levels of the preferential prices since 2011 until now here.
SEWRC also published a decision for zero available capacity for connection of new RES projects to the grid for the period until June 2014. You can see the decision here.
Decisions of SAC against the grid access charge for RES producers
Since June 17, 2013, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) has been publishing its decisions at second instance (final and not subject to appealing) against the charge for access to the grid of RES power plants, which was introduced by the State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission in September 2012 with decicion Ц-33.
You can follow the decisions of SAC, case by case, on its website here.
Since the beginning of April, the Electricity System Operator (ESO) is continuously claiming that it cannot balance electricity production and consumption in the country and wind and solar must be curtailed by 40%.
BGWEA says the continued curtailments of wind and solar are unjustified and in violation of Bulgarian laws.
You can find out more about BGWEA's position on this matter in our news release distributed on April 26, 2013.
This small bilingual booklet explains the different forms of renewable energy and why we need them.
On focus are the socio-economic and environmental benefits of wind energy. The information is presented with lots of graphs and photos on different topics - from the basics of renewable energy to the operation and maintenance of a wind park.
You can have a look at the BGWEA booklet here.
Visit of a wind park in Greece with media representatives, organized by BGWEA in September, 2011. You can see more photos from the trip here.