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Romania needs to make a plan to increase renewable energy target by 2030

28.Oct 2020.

According to the report on Romania’s National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), although the country partially addressed the recommendation to increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix, its plan still lacks concrete information on the envisaged policies and measures, such as prioritization, timeframes, expected impacts and investment needs.

The European Commission (EC) said that Romania needs to come up with a concrete plan to increase its renewable energy target to 34 % from 30.7 % by 2030 in order to contribute to the European Union’s renewable goals. Romania’s overall renewable energy contribution grew from 27.9 % estimated in the EC’s last report issued in June 2019 to current 30.7 %. Although this share is 3 % higher, it is still below the renewable share of at least 34% in 2030.

On energy efficiency, the EC said that Romania would benefit from the introduction of additional policies and measures that would deliver additional energy savings by 2030, adding that more detailed policies and measures would help ensure effective implementation and monitoring of the proposed measures.

On energy security, concrete actions are recommended to address cooperation with neighboring countries at EU and regional level toensure the diversification of sources and routes, which could harness Romania’s solar, wind and hydropower potential.

Finally, Romania would gain from taking concrete measures on the flexibility of the national energy system, including setting a target for additional storage. On the internal energy market, Romania is encouraged, after recently adopting legislation in this field, to take further steps towards market-based prices and a competitive retail market.