Grid Access Fee for Renewable Energy Producers Revoked by Bulgarian Supreme Court
Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Court (VAS) has revoked the grid access fee for renewable energy producers introduced in September 2012.
The fee was introduced by Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) in a bid to bridge a deficit of BGN 400 M created after the connection of a large amount of wind farms and photovoltaic plants to the grid in 2012, according to reports of Darik radio.
With a decision dated March 13, 2013, a three-judge panel of VAS ruled on three identical cases initiated by the companies Alfa Star OOD, Photovoltaic Energy Source OOD, and IBV-Solar OOD.
Meanwhile, the Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) commented that hundreds of other companies in the sector had filed similar claims against the grid access fee and the court decisions on the cases were yet to come out.
Renewable energy producers opposed the fee, saying that it was discriminatory and anti-competitive.
Renewable energy industry representatives also drew attention to the lack of objective criteria for the calculation of the fee and the lack of transparency as regards the DKEVR decision through which it had been introduced.
The decision of VAS revoked the grid access fee for photovoltaic plants built in 2010 and early 2011, which were stripped of up to 20% of their revenues, and for installations built in the first half of 2012 with a capacity of over 30 kWp, which paid a fee to the amount of 39% of their revenues.
The decision of the 3-judge panel of VAS is not final and can be appealed before a 5-judge panel of the court within two weeks.
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