Govt approves Ordinance on energy efficiency

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The government approved on August 20 an Ordinance on energy efficiency and the promotion of the use of renewable energy resources at end consumers, informs a government release.
 
The normative act encourages the enhancement of energy efficiency and the use of renewable sources by the grant of financial and tax incentives. Some of the financing instruments and mechanisms are: model-contracts for financial instruments made available to existing and potential buyers of energy services and other measures intended to improve energy efficiency in the public and private sector; the bonus-award system financed by the Romanian Energy Conservation Agency from its own budget and/or attracted resources for exceptional results in the field of applicative research on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources; the assignment of funding for subsidies for energy efficiency programs and measures and for the promotion of a market for energy efficiency measures.
 
At the proposal of the Romanian Energy Conservation Agency, fiscal incentives are being approved under government resolution aimed at increasing energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy resources with final consumers. These incentives are aimed at both the development of a market of energy services and energy-efficient equipment and the promotion of the manufacturing of such equipment.
 
With a view to implementing the national energy efficiency policy the companies that consume more than 1,000 tons of oil equivalent are required to: have an annual energy audit carried out by an individual or juridical person authorized by the Romanian Energy Conservation Agency, and which serves as ground for the establishment and enforcement of energy efficiency measures; to work out programs for the improvement of energy efficiency comprising measures on the short, medium and long term and appoint an energy manager certified by ARCE, according to the legislation in force; sign an energy management contract with a certified supplier of energy services.
 
For energy consumers who own energy consuming facilities of more than 1,000 tons of oil equivalent sited in several locations that are not directly connected by functionality or energy networks, each subunit with a different geographic location shall be considered independently as far as the obligations falling on it are concerned.
 
End operators with an annual energy consumption between 200 and 1,000 tons of oil equivalent are required to have every two years an annual energy audit carried out by an individual or juridical person authorized by the Romanian Energy Conservation Agency. This audit shall serve as ground for the establishment and enforcement of energy efficiency measures.
 
The managers of buildings under public ownership are required to reach measures for the efficient operation of the heating and air conditioning system and of the energy consumption metering and regulation devices.
 
The authorities of the public central and local administration are required to reach measures to improve energy efficiency by preponderantly promoting the measures with the highest energysaving potential materialized within shortest time.
 
To this aim, the Romanian Energy Conservation Agency takes up new tasks, being responsible for monitoring energy efficiency programs and the results thereof.
 
The purpose of the normative act is to contribute to the improvement of energy efficiency and the change of the consumer’s behavior by cutting energy consumption and the energy bill, by the use of energy efficient, less polluting equipment and by enhancing the use of renewable energy sources with end consumers.
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