Market Status: Romania - Progress falters as prices fall

ROMANIA The country's wind-energy sector is expected to cool down further this year, as regulatory uncertainty continues to be a key feature of the market.

The country's wind energy association forecasts roughly 100MW of new projects could come online, although some market observers believe that could prove optimistic.

Romanian lawmakers began 2015 discussing the possibility of dropping the green certificate price floor, which currently stands at about EUR29/MWh and is now the going price given an oversupply of certificates. If that should actually happen, the price of green certificates is expected to collapse.

In 2014, Romania's cumulative wind capacity grew by 354MW to 2.95GW, the smallest yearly rise seen since the market took off in 2010 and well below an annual average of about 645MW in 2011-2013. The biggest contributors to the increase were a 132MW EDP Renovaveis wind farm in Lalomita and German power producer Steag's 108MW Crucea North wind farm.

Chinese interest

Chinese turbines were installed on a Romanian wind farm for the first time last year, with Goldwind supplying the machines for Romanian developer Monsson Alma's 50MW Mireasa wind farm. If all goes well, a 30MW project from Chinese developer CECEP could be among the very few commissioned in 2015.

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