On February 2, 2021, the amendments to the Energy Act came into force. They provide for a number of changes, the most significant of which is the obligation of smaller electricity producers to enter the liberalized market. Abolishment of the 5% income fee is applicable for new RES projects commission after 2021. The term “cold reserve” is permanently removed from the law and replaced by “additional services”. However, the procedures for providing such services remain similar to the one for cold reserve. The main changes in the Energy Act can be summarized as follows:
- From 1.07.2021, producers with installed capacity between 1 MW and 500 kW are obliged to enter the liberalized market. The change applies to 136 producers with a total installed capacity of 93.5 MW and an annual production of 171,554 MWh
- The 5% income fee paid to the Security of the electricity system fund is suspended for new RES projects commissioned after 01.01.2021
- The term “cold reserve” is replaced by “additional services”
- Provisions were set in place to govern the operation of gas transmission pipelines to and from third countries
- Security of the electricity system fund will be allowed to take loans to finance energy efficiency projects
- Supplier will have to provide to customers information about the type of Standard load profiles (SLP) to which they are assigned.
The new amendments include the option for obliged parties under the energy efficiency obligation scheme to take loans. The loans will be provided by the Security of the electricity system fund, which now is able to finance projects improving energy efficiency.
Source: State Gazette