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15.11.2017 12:17
Delyan Dobrev suggest a completely new Energy Law
The amendments, which will oblige big producers to sell their energy on the exchange, will soon be submitted
AUTHOR: Teodora Todorova

  • According to Dobrev, the new law must be adopted until the end of March 2018 or at least be tabled in the National Assembly within this time.
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A complete new Energy Law should be prepared and adopted. This was the declaration of the Chairperson of the Energy Committee to the National Assembly (NA), Delyan Dobrev, within his participation in the Seventh Regional Energy Conference. The conference is taking place on the 14 and 15 November in Inter Expo Center, Sofia. It is organised by the Bulgarian Energy and Mining Forum (BEMF) with the media partnership of publics.bg.

In his words, this is necessary with regard to the forthcoming full liberalisation of the electricity market, which will require many substantial changes in the Energy Law. “Instead of editing a half or two thirds of the law, we should make a completely new one”, Dobrev told journalists later. According to him, the new law must be adopted until the end of March 2018 or at least be tabled in the National Assembly within this time.

Dobrev believes that the new law can be prepared within a month, provided that there is good organisation. In his view, the deadline is sufficient since the major provisions are clear. He said that they are about the implementation of contracts for difference for the RES producers and the cogenerations. “The difference between the feed-in-tariff and the market price must be paid by the Electricity System Security Fund and the revenues from RES charges should go into the fund. NEC must remain only a producer and a supplier of last resort,” he added.

Dobrev clarified that he has not communicated his idea for an entirely new Energy Law to the Ministry of Energy.

As for the long-term contracts with the so-called American plants the Chairperson of the Energy Committee to the NA pointed out that communication with the European Commission is still ongoing because of a complaint the Commission received from the regulator pursuant to which it is checking the contracts for unauthorised state aid. He said that the lack of a definitive position of the Commission is to some extent delaying legislation changes related to the liberalization. According to Delyan Dobrev, until the end of the year this issue can be clarified. He hopes that this would happen until the end of the year, although he lacks any particular information on the matter.

Before that, however, Dobrev will propose changes to the current Energy Law which will oblige all producers with power over 5 MW who do not receive feed-in-tariffs to sell their production (in excess of the quantities for the regulated market) on the energy exchange. In his words, only 4-5 big electric energy traders are against that amendment, which are also constant winners in the electricity auctions on the big producers’ platforms. For transparency’s sake, I do not see why those 5 traders should not buy their energy through the exchange, Dobrev said. In reply to a question from publics.bg regarding the timeframe of the proposal, Dobrev answered that it would happen soon without specifying deadlines. He added that this amendment has been discussed with all industry organisations, employers and they all support it, excluding those five traders.


TAGS: Delyan Dobrev | Energy Law | new | proposal | producers | energy exchange | traders | electric energy | liberalisation 


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