Croatia: Changes to the rules on acquiring the status of privileged electricity producer

22. April 2015. / SEE Energy News

Croatian Ministry of Economy adopted amendments to the Rules on acquiring the status of privileged electricity producer from renewable sources, in accordance with the Law on Electricity Market.

The Rules supplements Article 7, which refers to a preliminary decision on the status of privileged producer. The validity of this decision may be extended for 12 months, at the request of project carrier submitted to the Croatian Energy Regulatory Agency. It is necessary to submit a notarized statement for this, which saying that it was spent at least 50 percent of planned investment funds for the construction of a manufacturing plant. In addition, the project owner will submit to the Agency and assessment of justification of the manufacturing plant, which is based on an issued permit.

New Article 9a, added to the Rules, refers to the issuance of the decision on acquiring the status of privileged producer. This article reduces the necessary conditions for issuance of a solution for hydropower plants of capacity greater than 10 megawatts.

The Rules provide that the regulatory agency does not bring preliminary decisions and prescribe the necessary documentation for the issuance of a solution to this type of plant. The project carriers are required to obtain a license for the production of energy before submitting a request for a preliminary decision, in accordance with the Law governing the energy sector.

Electricity producer that got the solution in accordance with the provisions of this Article cannot arrange the sale and electricity purchase from the market operator, except in the case of the planned reconstruction of hydropower plant in accordance with the provisions of the tariff system.

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