ANRE's Nagy: Approved and licenced capacities of renewable energy facilities almost doubled in 2013

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The approved and licenced capacities of all renewable energy facilities doubled at the end of 2013, compared with 2012, Zoltan Nagy, member on the Board of the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE), said Thursday.

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He underscored that 2013 was an exceptional year for investors, who built power plants of over 2,000 MW total capacity, most of them photovoltaic.

Moreover, the wind-power sector also recorded growth, where the capacities went up 44 per cent.

'In 2013, the approved and licenced capacities of renewable energy facilities almost doubled in only one year. It was an exceptional year for investors. They built power plants of over 2,000 MW, most of them photovoltaic. 42 MW were obtained from photovoltaic plants. But the wind-power sector also recorded growth. It exceeds 44 per cent,' Nagy told a HydroPower Energy Summit 2014 conference.

According to data with ANRE, the renewable energy production reached a record-high level at the end of last year, when the total capacity of the existing facilities reached 4,255 MW, 82 per cent higher than at the end of 2012.

Thus, on December 31, 2013, the grid had wind-power facilities installed of a total power of 2,503 MW, photovoltaic facilities of 1,155 MW, biomass facilities — 65 MW, and hydropower facilities — 530 MW.

Romania has pledged a target of 24 per cent of electricity consumption in 2020 being produced from renewable sources, but ANRE announced this target was already reached on January 1, 2014. AGERPRES

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