Vjetroelektrana Rudine d. o. o., operator of 34.2 MW wind power plant at Lisačke Rudine near the Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik, received a five-year power generation permit from the Croatian Energy Regulatory Agency (HERA) together with a decision to be granted the status of eligible producer for a period of 25 years. The facility was completed in October and underwent technical review.
The regulators extended the preliminary decision to grant statuses of eligible producers of electrical energy to operators of solid biomass–fuelled cogeneration units in Fužine and Slunj in western and central parts of Croatia, respectively. The case of the former was decided on according to rules for facilities between 2 MW and 5 MW, while the latter is in the class with more than 300 kW. Pilana Krasno d. o. o., a sawmill operator registered in the nearby coastal town of Senj, was granted the status of eligible producer after it applied for the planned cogeneration facility with a capacity of 500 kW of power and 2 MW of heat. Company Strateški plan – energetski projekti d. o. o. saw its two applications for the extension of the status approved for the duration of 24 months. It provided evidence for heat and power plants in Županja and Benkovac that more than half of the planned investment was spent.
The status was also granted to developers of small combined heat and power plants Vital Energo and Energo Virje. Six operators of small photovoltaic units had their status extended.
According to the Law on Renewable Energy Sources and Highly Efficient Cogeneration, the preliminary status of eligible producer is abolished and HERA is rejecting related applications received after January 1.