At the end of last week two members of parliament – Delyan Dobrev and Valentin Nikolov submitted to the National Assembly proposition for amendments of the Energy Act.
The bill aims to continue the process of liberalization of the electricity market in the country and incorporates several major changes that will have an effect on the market.
These changes include:
- Abolishment of the export fee on the electricity for export originating from Bulgaria;
- Introduce “estimates of the monthly availability for electricity generation from producers from which the public provider (National electric company) buys electricity and the amount of electricity that the public provider is expected to sell to the end suppliers.”;
- Further opening of the liberalized market via mandatory sale through IBEX for generators from RES with installed capacity between 1 MW and 4 MW.
The remaining amendments: define a framework for premiums for new co-generation power plants; the possibility of paying the 5% fee from the small RES to the Security of electricity system fund once per year; regulates the parallel procedures for adoption of prices from the Regulator (EWRC); possibility for customers with supplied capacity of 10kW and over 10kW to request replacement of their meters with smart meters, all costs should be paid by the customer.
Some of the changes, such as the RES producers with installed capacity between 1 and 4 MW entering the liberalized market and the abolishment of the export fee, are planned to come into force on 1st of July 2019.
It is envisaged that the bill will be voted in the Energy Commission this Wednesday (27.03.2019). Propositions and opinions on the bill are accepted till 29 March 2019 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The complete text of bill is available at: https://www.parliament.bg/bills/44/954-01-16.pdf