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 illustrated thoughts about electricity and dry winters

 

 

 

  "Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne."


Kurt Vonnegut: Breakfast of Champions





   For a short period of time Romania was an Eldorado of renewable electricity. Thanks to a generous incentive scheme launched in 2012, hundreds of photovoltaic power plants as well as Europe’s largest onshore wind farm were built here.

The incentive program was based on the allocation of so called green certificates to companies producing electrical energy using renewable energy sources. For every MWh of electricity produced from renewable energy sources the producing company receives a certain amount of green certificates.

The electricity suppliers are obliged to buy these certificates from the companies producing the sustainable energy, allowing these companies to obtain extra income to compensate the high costs of building the new power plants.

 

   The consumers perceived the existence of this incentive program as a 10% increase in the price of electricity. Then, just a few months after the onset of the golden days of the East European renewable energy industry, following a shift of power on the national political scene, the number of green certificates allocated to producers of renewable electricity was reduced in two steps (July 2013 and January 2014) as a way of protecting consumers.