Romania, Government approved the revised “cap and subsidy” support scheme for residential and industrial energy consumers

, SEE Energy News

The Romanian Government approved the revised “cap and subsidy” support scheme for residential and industrial energy consumers, to be enforced from 1 February until 31 March.

The new scheme envisages lower cap prices for electricity and natural gas and, for households, larger monthly quotas for subsidies.

For instance, the households with monthly consumption of under 500 kWh (versus 300 kWh previously) will receive a subsidy, besides having the price capped at 0.16 euros/kWh (0.2 euros/ kWh previously).

In addition to the categories of non-residential users previously included in the law (such as hospitals, schools, kindergartens, universities,
NGOs), the scheme has been expanded for almost all non-household consumers.

Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu said that absolutely all non-household consumers are included, with the exception of large electricity
consumers who have benefited from the Ordinance on a state aid scheme approved by the European Commission. The Ministry is also in talks with the Commission to renew this scheme, Popescu said, adding that the previous budget of 600 million euros is sufficient for the revised format as well.