“Wind Energy in Bulgaria: Getting back on track”

Bulgarian flag

Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Venue: Sheraton Hotel Sofia Balkan, Sofia, Bulgaria

The fourth edition of the official Bulgarian wind industry event, organised by EWEA in cooperation with the Association of Producers of Ecological Energy (APEE) and the Bulgarian Wind Energy Association (BGWEA).

Programme and presentations

Once perceived as a country with significant potential for the development of wind power, Bulgaria has been grappling with unhelpful policies and the prospects for the industry now look quite bleak. This is happening while regional competitors Turkey and Romania have maintained a political willingness to support wind power. The lack of resolve to jump-start the Bulgarian market will undoubtedly mean notable job losses and a foregone opportunity for Bulgaria to establish itself as a regional hub for the wind industry. The objective of the workshop was to take stock of the situation and identify the first steps to be taken to turn the situation around.

Session One
Welcome and opening remarks:

Velizar Kiriakov, Chairman, Association of Producers of Ecological Energy – APEE, Bulgaria (PDF)

Sebastian Noethlichs, Executive Director, Bulgarian Wind Energy Association – BGWEA

Pierre Tardieu, Regulatory Affairs Advisor – Member States & Trade, European Wind Energy Association – EWEA, Belgium

Session Two
Dealing with an insecure legal framework

Bulgaria is facing serious instability with regards to market conditions and in particular its support scheme. In addition to increasing challenges with grid connection and administrative procedures, the unpredictable nature of the Feed-in Tariffs is making investment decisions virtually impossible. This session looked at the details of the issues, discuss consequences for the industry and suggested ways forward to deal with the political uncertainty.

Chair: Teodor Bobochikov, General Manager, AES, Bulgaria

Legal analysis of the situation (PDF)

Diana Koleva, Lawyer, Energy Lawyers, Bulgaria

Political perspective (PDF)

Kostadinka Todorova, Chairwoman, Alliance for Sustainable Development, Bulgaria

Viewpoint of a developer (PDF)

Dimitar Enchev, General Manager, Continental Wind Partners, Bulgaria

Impact on the current situation on a turbine manufacturer (PDF)

Pavel Marinikov, Director Sales Bulgaria, Vestas Central Europe

Session Three
Challenges related to integration of wind Power in the grid

The development of wind power is highly dependent on a good cooperation with the Transmission System Operator as well as the regulator to create the conditions for wind power integration. Presenters discussed these challenges and the conditions necessary to maximize integration of wind power in the grid.

Chair: Mariyana Yaneva, Deputy Executive Director, Bulgarian Wind Energy Association- BGWEA

Assessing legal challenges to grid-connection of wind power projects (PDF)

Mariya Mihaleva, Attorney at Law, Schoenherr, Bulgaria

Overcoming the challenges or how to deal with the existing legal & regulatory framework in an effective way (PDF)

Sebastian Noethlichs, Executive Director, Bulgarian Wind Energy Association – BGWEA

Good practices for grid connection (PDF)

Iván Pineda, Research Officer, European Wind Energy Association – EWEA, Belgium

Session four
Wind power – a recession-busting investment

As wind energy investments are winding down in Bulgaria this has a very concrete impact on the supply chain, on job creation and entails loss of tax revenue for the State. EWEA introduced the discussion by sharing some analysis about the positive effects of investing in the wind industry at European level, followed by a broader perspective on this issue from an NGO representative and a presentation of the job creation potential of the industry in Bulgaria.

Chair: Asen Nenov, Editor-in-Chief, EnergyOnline.bg

Conclusions of the EWEA ‘Green Growth’ report (PDF)

Pierre Tardieu, Regulatory Affairs Advisor – Member States and Trade, European Wind Energy Association – EWEA, Belgium

No half measures – Investment needs in energy efficiency and renewables in the SEE countries (PDF)

Genadi Kondarev, Bankwatch Bulgaria

Involving the community in wind power development (PDF)

Vasil Rashev, EWS Consulting, Bulgaria

Background reading

Economic Perspective of the Development of Renewable Energy in Bulgaria (PDF)

Anton Yordanov, PhD student, University of National and World Economy, Sofia