Bulgaria's Long Term Renewable Energy Targets

Tuesday 22 January 2013

On January 9 Bulgaria’s Cabinet approved a long-term renewable energy development plan, setting out targets for 2020 and a series of measures to meet those goals.


The renewable energy national plan sets a goal of 16 per cent of domestic energy consumption coming from renewable sources, the same one set in the EU’s 2020 plan to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and encourage the use of renewables.

By 2020, Bulgaria should produce 20.8 per cent of its electricity and 23.8 per cent of its heating/air conditioning from renewable energy, which should also account for 10.8 per cent of transport use, according to the plan passed by the Government.

“To reach these goals, the plan envisions 58 measures to encourage production, taking into account the impact of increased energy efficiency and the introduction of more energy-efficient technologies,” the Cabinet’s media service said in a statement. “The measures include the implementation of European requirements in the area of renewable energy generation, energy efficiency and climate change, measures that are in their nature administrative, legislative, regulatory, financial and informational.”

In terms of electricity generation, the plan envisions Bulgaria having about 5.2GW installed capacity of renewable energy installations by 2020, generating an annual 7600 GWh. Hydro-powered plants are seen as generating the bulk of electricity from renewable sources (63%), followed by wind power (28%), solar power (6%) and biomass (3%).

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