RWEA (Romania’s Wind Energy Association) compiled the lessons learned by a 10+ years mature industry to kick off a second wave of RES developments with a long-term vision in mind. The country’s National Energy & Climate Plan (NECP) envisions an additional 6,9 GW of RES capacities needed by 2030, which in turn means immense economic opportunity and the birth of a national industry supply chain. We invite you to read Carlo Pignoloni's (RWEA President) foreword below to understand what prompted the need for a Code of Good Practice for Renewable Energy in Romania in 2021.
You may wonder why the Romanian Wind Energy Association (RWEA) decided to issue a Code of Good Practice for the industry now, in 2021, more than 10 years since the first wind energy projects in the country were commissioned. Wind energy, with more than 3000 MW installed, has become one of the major energy sources in the country and last year accounted for almost 14% of the total energy produced in Romania.
While this is a very important share, adding to the sizeable quota of renewable energy generation in Romania, it is quite safe to say that we are far from the country’s potential. RWEA members demonstrated that they came to invest in the country for the long term, supported economic growth and technological advance and are part of the backbone of the energy sector. But there is much more left to be done. At the me when I am writing these lines, several new renewable projects have been announced in Romania by different companies, and the pipeline is expected to grow significantly. This is a welcome development, as Romania’s generation fleet is ageing and needs to be replaced quickly and at optimal costs. The country, its economy and its people need access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy and one cannot overemphasize wind’s importance.
This brings me to the purpose of this Code and its timing. In order to make this transition just, we need to think of all stakeholders and improve the quality of life of citizens-customers. As technology is making electricity increasingly cheap, stable and reliable, liberating it from the price fluctuations of fossil fuels, RWEA companies are here to help Romania achieve its tremendous potential. Furthermore, the vector of electricity enables us to use available resources more efficiently. In short, the benefits are enormous and with renewables we can decarbonize electricity and consequently numerous other sectors of the economy. This is a perfect example of technology being the climate’s ally.
Romania has a huge opportunity to let its energy sector drive and support the growth of the economy. In other words, we are moving closer to the scenario that Thomas Edison dreamt of, in which one day electricity would be “so cheap that only the wealthy can afford the luxury of burning candles”. We can now imagine the me when we will not think about “renewable” energy, but just energy, because all energy will be renewable.
Let us all work together to achieve this.
The Code of Good Practice for Renewable Energy in Romania will be launched on May 26th 2021.
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