EC May Fine Bulgaria over Failure to Stop Use of Wood for Home Heating
Bulgaria faces a penalty of up to EUR 120 M per year by the European Commission unless households stop using wood to heat their homes, according to Andrey Bachvarov, Chair of the Association of Biomass Energy Producers.
In a Thursday interview for the Bulgaria On Air TV station, he emphasized that the biomass energy sector contributed to the solution of a number of environmental problems like the content of fine particles in the air and the utilization of solid household organic waste and sewage sludge.
Bachvarov, as cited by econ.bg, cautioned that the ambiguities in Bulgarian legislation, as well as a number of unresolved problems, posed a threat to the implementation of renewable energy capacity targets.
Bulgaria must build 80 new installations for sewage sludge treatment and rehabilitate 20 such units but the projects have been delayed substantially.
In February 2012, the Chair of the Association of Biomass Energy Producers in Bulgaria noted that the Bulgarian grid had not been initially designed to sustain renewable energy power stations.
He argued that as a result the output of the renewable energy power stations was unsteady, it created disruptions in the electricity grid, and the preferential tariffs were paid by the end consumers.
In his Thursday interview, Bachvarov disagreed with claims of the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) and the Electricity System Operator (ESO) that Bulgaria already had biomass power stations with a capacity of 41 MW.
Citing statistics of the Association, Bachvarov declared that Bulgaria had biomass power stations with a capacity of 7.5 MW.
He also noted that economic analyses had indicated that Bulgaria could not have biomass power stations with a total capacity exceeding 100 MW.
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Ain't picking no nits Peter.
You are the perfect one, not I.
BTW, excellent post, no errors. (I did miss one on the previous post /the=they), keep up the good work.
There is nothing wrong with wood burning, I personally will be damned if the EU is going to tell me that I can not burn wood in my fireplaces.
Every tree that is taken down on my properties is replaced by 4 others (future supply and all that).
If all countries of the world would pull their collective heads out of their A$$es and plant a few million/billion trees, the co2/global warming problems can easily be reversed.
The air around my houses is delightful due to all the trees breathing around me.
Bulerican, stop nit picking and grab the big picture. Bulgarians cannot afford to pay a fine from the EU (which can only be recovered by government through taxes or directly on the price of wood) which will only put up the price of one of life's basic's - heat - The EU is right in trying to discourage the use of carbon emitting fuels but it must be done with sensitivity and compassion for the poorer population. Half of Europe is involved here so it wont happen overnight and the Government must ensure that "Eurocrats" sitting in their ivory palaces thinking up new ways to justify their own jobs get the message.
Whilst this is a laudable aim of the EU, to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, it should be applied with consideration for each member country. Bulgaria has no real alternative, electricity supply is totally inadequate with what we need at this moment in time so would never meet the demand for electrically heated homes, at least not for years to come. Gas supply in the quantity that would be required is also totally inadequate and regulations just are not designed for bulk use, neither are current tax laws which make it a laborious process to apply to purchase gas tax free. So what are Bulgarians left with?? No, the EU should first ensure the infrastructure for such a major change is in place before the big stick is wielded, otherwise an already impoverished population has to be charged even more for a basic commodity to sustain life.
Maybe French and German power companies are not making enough money out of Bulgaria if Bulgaria has its own sources of power . It seems as though the price of being in the EU is to give up your sovereignty and independence and rely on expensive providers from these two countries