Croatia: Public debate on Draft Law on Renewable Energy Sources

, SEE Energy News

Until the 16th of June, draft of the new Law on Renewable Energy Sources and High-Efficiency Cogeneration will be in the public debate.

This act regulates issues of importance for the implementation of energy transitions towards the use of renewable energy sources in accordance with the Energy Development Strategy until 2030 with a view to 2050 and the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan for the period from 2021 to 2030.

Croatia has exceeded its 2020 target with 28 % of production and consumption from renewables. Within the support scheme, 1,030 MW of new production plants for renewable energy sources and high-efficiency cogeneration were built. The new target is at least 36.6 % of renewable energy in total consumption by 2030.

However, still a large share of renewable energy sources for heating and cooling is based on the use of firewood in households and that is why it is necessary to make a step forward in greater use of new technologies. RES support schemes have proven to be effective and will continue to be so. Tender procedures for the award of support are open to all producers of electricity from renewable sources on a non-discriminatory basis, in accordance with clear and manageable criteria for the implementation of energy policy.

The new Law also introduces the institution of active consumer and energy community. This defines consumers of own energy from renewable sources and consumers of own energy from renewable sources who act jointly, and the new Law regulates the possibility of their participation in support programs under equal conditions with other participants. According to Directive (EU) 2018/2001, the law should facilitate cross-border support for renewable energy without disproportionately affecting national support programs. Cross-border participation is a continuation of the development of the European Union’s renewable energy policy, which encourages convergence and cooperation, with the aim of contributing to the Union’s binding objective.