RES projects' licensing proceeds are being accelerated
The reduction of the time for licensing of new RES projects from 5 years to 14 months is, among other things, planned by the new bill of the Ministry of Environment and Energy that was put in public consultation.
Among the main objectives of the new bill are the development of electricity storage projects with an installed capacity of at least 3.5 GW by 2030 and the increase of the capacity in the electricity network for the integration of more RES units.
As Ministry of the Environment and Energy points out, in terms of the licensing process, the acceleration will be achieved by simplifying and digitizing the relevant procedures, as now all actions for obtaining licenses will be performed digitally. The supporting documents that investors will be required to submit are drastically reduced (from 91 to 54) and limited to the absolutely necessary, procedures that until now were serial are now parallel, significantly reducing implementation times, and the stages of the licensing process are reduced to 5 from 7 .
A One Stop Service is also created at the Ministry of Environment and Energy that will monitor and supervise the entire licensing process, from the receipt of the first license (Producer Certificate), to the operation of the project (Operation License).
Strategic goal by 2030 is the total installed capacity from RES, to reach 25 GW, from 8.62 GW that is today. For the implementation of new RES investments with a total capacity of more than 12 GW, it is estimated that investments of 10 billion euros will be needed.
The goal for power storage stations is to have at least 3.5 GW units in operation by the end of the decade, in addition to hydroelectric ones.