EU Energy Policy

Romania’s coal sector faces heat as gas eyes chance

EU environmental legislation has put Romania’s coal sector under pressure, potentially paving the way for greater gas use in power generation EU environmental legislation has put Romania’s coal sector under pressure, potentially paving the way for greater gas use in power generation.
By Andreas Walstad 7 June 2018 0 31194
A gas-fired power plant in Romania. (OMV Petrom)

Higher prices for EU carbon allowances and measures to tackle airborne pollutants under the EU’s Best Available Techniques (BATs) legislation has created financial stresses for Romania’s coal-fired power producers – which could create more room for gas in the country’s power and heating sectors. 

Sorin Boza, general manager of Romanian lignite-based power and heat producer Complexul Energetic Oltenia, told the Romanian Energy Day Conference in Brussels this week that a surge in carbon prices coupled with obligations...