Report on preferential prices of electricity produced from biomass

On 08.01.2015 at 10.00 am in the office of the State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (SEWRC) public discussions shall be held on a report for amendment to preferential prices of electricity produced from biomass

A working group within SEWRC has prepared a draft report, pursuant to which it suggests amendments to the effective preferential off-take prices of electricity produced from renewable energy sources (RES) – biomass from wood representing wood waste, forest cleaning, forest pruning, etc.

Pursuant to Art. 32, Para. 1, p. 1 of the Renewable Energy Act (REA), SEWRC is entitled annually (i.e. once per year) by 30 June to determine preferential off-take prices of electricity produced from RES. Pursuant to Art. 32, Para. 1, p. 2 of REA SEWRC is also entitled to determine / amend the preferential prices in any case, when there is material change to one or more of the price forming elements. Pursuant to §1, p. 28 of the Additional Provisions of REA „material change to a price forming element” exists, when there is a change of more than 10% in the value of the price forming element since the formation of the respective price.

The SEWRC working group has established such a material change in one of the price forming elements (expenses for raw materials) to the preferential price for electricity produced from direct or indirect burning of biomass from wood made from wood waste, forest cleaning, forest pruning, etc.

The working group suggests decrease of the said preferential prices. The decrease varies between 32%-34% for the price of electricity produced from direct burning of biomass, and between 13%-15% for the price of electricity produced from indirect burning of biomass through thermal gasification.