Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority - ANRE - is a public independent body of national interest whose mission is to create and implement the appropriate regulatory system to ensure the proper functioning of the electricity, heat and gas markets, in terms of efficiency, competition, transparency and consumer protection.
In discharging its competencies and tasks, ANRE works together with other central or local public administration bodies, electricity, heat and gas undertakings, with international organisations in the field, so that interests of all sector players may be harmonized and transparency of the regulatory process assured.
ANRE has replaced The Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation which was the specialised body at national level in the field of energy efficiency, with legal personality, operational, organizational and financial autonomy, in the subordination of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, with funding from own incomes and subsidies granted from the State budget. The Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation was established by means of the Governmental Resolution No.754 from July 6th, 1990, and the organization of its activity was approved through the Order of the Minister of Industry and Resources No.648 from October 19th, 1990. At present, The Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation has the following departments:
- Market Surveillance Directorate
- Programs Directorate
- Authorizations Directorate
- Budget, Finances and Accounting Service
- Management, Legislation and Litigation Service
- Administrative Service
- 16 territorial subsidiaries organised as directorates (Brasov, Bucharest, Bacau, Cluj, Constanta, Craiova, Deva, Galati, Iasi, Oradea, Pitesti, Ploiesti, Sibiu, Suceava, Timisoara and Targu Mures).
In 2006 the total staff amounted to 67 persons, 23 of whom work within the headquarters and 44 within territorial subsidiaries.
The Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation is responsible for the implementation of the Law No.199/2000 on efficient use of energy. In order to achieve its role ARCE has the following attribution and responsibilities:
- to develop, jointly with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the national policy for the efficient use of energy, and to propose it for the Government approval, as part of the state energy policy;
- to implement and monitor the national policy and the programmes for the efficient use of energy;
- to co-operate with the national and international institutions and organizations in the field of efficient use of energy and reducing the negative impact on the environment;
- to participate at the development of norms and technical regulations on increasing energy efficiency of the equipments for energy production, transport, distribution and consumption, for buildings and for any other activities;
- to certify the conformity of the equipments, based on tests and measurements to be carried out according to the regulations in force;
- to co-ordinate the energy efficiency programmes funded by international institutions or organizations based on government agreements;
- to evaluate from technical point of view and to advise investment energy efficiency projects that applied for finances from the Special Fund for the Energy System Development and from other internal and external sources, at the Government disposal;
- to develop the synthesis of the energy efficiency programmes on the national level;
- to cooperate with the authorized institutions in order to develop the energy balance sheets and energy databases necessary for the evaluation of energy demand / offer; to develop short, medium and long term scenarios for the evolution of this rate, including the calculation of the energy efficiency indicators at national level;
- to provide free expertise to local authorities, administrators of public buildings, administrators of households and the commercial agents for the design and development of energy efficiency projects;
- to develop and co-ordinate the training programmes, as well as the certification of the staff with tasks in the field of energy management;
- to advise, together with other ministries, the own energy efficiency programmes of the consumers, developed according with the provisions of the Law199/2000;
- to cooperate with National Authority for Consumer Protection for the market survey in order to respect technical regulation regarding energy efficiency;
- to promote the renewable energy sources: biomass, wind energy, geothermal, micro-hydro, solar energy and others.
From its establishment, the Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation has actively participated to, or coordinated a large number of energy efficiency projects. Thanks to its territorial branches, the Agency had also the capacity to disseminate the results of the implemented projects. This aspect was taken into account by the Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation for all projects in which the Agency was involved, as the well-known main objective of the Agency was to promote the need of implementing energy efficiency measures at the consumer level in industry, transports, buildings and municipalities.
The energy efficiency market regulation is performed by the Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation by means of issuing and implementing legal provisions provided by normative documents in the field of primary and secondary legislation. In order to support some actions targeted on the achievement of objectives of the national policy on energy efficiency and promoting renewable energy sources, the activity of the Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation is correlated to the activity of some other relevant institutions, such as:
- the National Regulatory Authority in the field of Energy, the National Regulatory Authority for Utility Services – to promote stimulating prices and tariffs for energy savings, as well as for some specific regulations (Demand Side Management);
- National and Regional Agencies for Environmental Protection – to monitor large energy consumption areas and promote favorable legislation for the use of renewable energy sources;
- the National Authority for Consumers` Protection - to co-operate in market supervision and applying the acquis communautaire;
- the Office for Privatization and State Participation in Industry - to implement special clauses in management and privatization contracts.
A good cooperation is established as well between the Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation and other institutions (non-governmental organizations, consulting companies, research institutes, etc.) developing activities correlative to the energy saving policies, the final aim being to increase energy efficiency.
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