On the 6th of February 2019, the National Energy Chamber (NEK)’s representative - Kalina Trifonova presented to the expert community the Chamber’s position on the implementation of the energy efficiency targets in Bulgaria. Energy efficiency is part of the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan because it is related to renewable energy policies and targets, the internal energy market, energy poverty.
To promote energy efficiency, Bulgaria has provided a mechanism involving a combination of national policies, alternative measures and obligation schemes. However, this combination of measures does not correspond to the specificities of the energy market in the country regarding the schemes for obligated legal entities as defined by the Energy Efficiency Act. In 17 EU Member States, obligation schemes complement energy efficiency measures and policies, and their costs are covered by the component in regulated tariffs for end-users.
NEC members believe that reflecting EE spending in the final consumer prices would lead to their increase (e.g. through price ”Obligation to Society” analogous to the implementation of other state policies in the energy-climate package) and therefore the selected by Bulgaria mechanisms for achieving the national energy efficiency targets should be reassessed.