EC probes Bulgarian grid charge for renewables

The European Commission is to investigate a Bulgarian grid access charge for renewable energy producers, wind power association BGWEA has confirmed

The European Commission is to investigate Bulgaria's decision to impose a grid access charge on renewable energy producers, the country's wind power association BGWEA confirmed on Friday.

The investigation comes in response to a complaint filed on 25 October by the trade association and representatives from the solar industry. BGWEA argues the charge is unlawful and is a "poorly disguised retroactive reduction of feed-in tariffs".

Power distributors' extra costs from new grid connection and maintenance due to higher renewable energy output were among the reasons mentioned by Bulgaria's energy and water regulator, DKEVR, to justify the access fee.

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