Bulgaria will appeal the EC decision on the emission levels of TPPs

The Council of Ministers has decided to support Poland in it appeal against the European Commission’s decision of 31 July 2017

New rules for the operation of the Centralized Market for Bilateral Contracts

New rules for the operation of the Centralized Market for Sale/Purchase of Electricity through Bilateral Contracts enter into force today.

Natural gas price for the first quarter of 2018

By its decision from 28.12.2017, EWRC approved the price at which Bulgargaz EAD would sell natural gas

The Bulgarian Ministry of Energy proposes changes in the Energy Act

The Ministry of Energy has presented for public discussion changes in the Energy Act.

The Ministry of Energy reports on 8 130 t CO2 emissions saved annually as a result of the “Energy efficiency and renewable energy” Programme

The Ministry of Energy expressed satisfaction with the results of the first programme period of the “Energy efficiency and renewable energy” Programme

Joint activities of Bulgaria and FYROM in the field of electricity and natural gas

The governments of Bulgaria and FYROM signed two agreements for cooperation in the energy sector.

Renewed license for the exploitation of the Fifth Unit of Kozloduy NPP

The new 10-year license for the exploitation of Unit 5 of the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant enters into force today.

The Minister responsible for energy presented the priorities of the Government in the energy sector during the Bulgarian EU Presidency

The Bulgarian Minister for Energy presented the priorities of the Government during the European Presidency to the employers’ organizations and energy companies.

Bulgarian Stock Exchange to acquire the Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange

The Bulgarian Stock Exchange (BSE) has applied to the Commission for Protection of Competition for the acquisition of the Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange (IBEX).

Emergency power supply agreement between ESO and Transelectrica

The transmission system operators of Bulgaria and Romania signed an agreement on emergency power supply, which guarantees the security of the countries’ energy systems in case of accidents.

Meeting of the Bulgarian – Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation

Bulgaria and the Russian Federation will continue to develop and deepen their cooperation in the energy sector.

New methodology setting out natural gas access and transmission prices as of 1 October 2017

The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission considers that, as of 1 October, the new rules for the entry and exit tariff model for transmission and capacity of the gas transmission systemл

Public discussion of the updated NEEAP

The Ministry of Energy has published on its website the draft of the updated National Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2014 – 2020.

EWRC's Annual Report to the European Commission for 2016

The Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission has published on its website the annual national report to the EC for 2016.

New prices of electricity and natural gas

The Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission approved new prices for the electricity and natural gas since July 1st.

Accelerating the activities for the construction of the gas interconnection between Bulgaria and Greece

Bulgaria and Greece will work to speed up the completion of the project to build the natural gas interconnector between the two countries. This was confirmed during a meeting of the Bulgarian Minister of Energy, Mrs. Temenuzhka Petkova, and the Greek Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Mr. Yorgos Stathakis.

Proposal for creation of a joint working group between Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia

The Bulgarian Minister of Energy, Temenuzhka Petkova, proposed to the Macedonian Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, setting up of a joint working group for exploring the opportunities for construction of natural gas interconnector between the two countries.

Roadmap for exploring the opportunities for development of the gas transmission infrastructure

The perspectives for the development of the cooperation in the field of natural gas were discussed between the Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom, Alexey Miller, and the Bulgarian Minister of Energy, Temenuzhka Petkova, on June 3rd, 2017.

Agreement for cooperation between EWRC and the regulators of Greece and Romania

The Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) and the regulators of Romania and Greece signed a cooperation agreement.

Bulgaria joins the regional initiative for power market integration “Western Balkans 6”

The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission, the Electricity System Operator and the Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange officially declared their willingness to take active part in the regional initiative for integration of the electricity market “Western Balkans 6”.

EC approved the proposed by Bulgaria allocation of free greenhouse gas allowances for 2016

The EC Directorate General for Climate actions approved the proposed allocation of free greenhouse gases allowances of Bulgaria for 2016 under the National Investment Plan 2013 – 2020.

The Regulator established the gas price for Q2 of 2017

The decision of the Bulgarian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) from April 1, 2017, established the gas price of 363.26 BGN/1000m3 (39.04 BGN/MWh), without excise duty and VAT, for the second quarter of 2017. The price applies to the end suppliers of natural gas and customers connected to the gas transmission network.

Employers' organizations presented their enеrgy priorities

On Saturday, the four nationally represented employers' organizations - BICA, BIA, BCCI and CEIBG, presented their priorities to Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev.

Actions to reduce restrictions on large combustion plants

A series of actions to protect the national interest concerning the planned restrictions for the large combustion plants have been taken. This was announced by the Deputy Energy Minister Konstantin Delisivkov, during the discussion on the perspectives of the Bulgarian mining, in the context of the forthcoming changes in the reference document of the Commission on the best available techniques for large combustion plants.

Electricity export from Bulgaria is restored

By order of the Minister of Energy Nikolay Pavlov, the ban on export of electricity originating in Bulgaria shall be removed. The change will take effect as of 9th February, 2017.

Work on the Bulgarian-Serbian Gas Interconnector Is Accelerated

Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova and Serbia's Minister of Energy and Mining Aleksandar Antic signed a memorandum of understanding on the project for the construction of the Bulgaria-Serbia gas interconnector.

The Regulator established the natural gas price for Q1 2017

The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) approved Q1 2017 prices, at which the public supplier sells natural gas to retailers and consumers connected to the gas transmission network.

All buildings will be subject to energy efficiency certification

The scope of the buildings subject to energy efficiency certification will be expanded - it will include all buildings in operation. This is provided in the amendments to the Energy Efficiency Act, approved by the Parliament today.

Bulgaria – Romania Interconnector Starts Operation on November 11

Gas transmission operators Bulgartransgaz and Transgaz S.A. have completed the construction of the gas interconnector between Bulgaria and Romania, the Bulgarian energy ministry announced. The interconnector has a total length of 25 km, with 15.4 km on the Bulgarian territory, 7.5 km on the Romanian territory, and 2.1 km underwater traverse of the Danube River. The underwater section, which includes a main and a back-up pipeline, was constructed by Austrian company Habau.

NEK and Atomstroyexport agreed on "Belene" case

The "National Electric Company" EAD and AO "Atomstroyexport" signed an agreement on the final settlement of relations in accordance with the decision of the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva in case ICC No. 18086 / GZ / MHM.

The Regulator approved natural gas price as of October 1, 2016

The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission adopted a final decision as a response to "Bulgargaz" EAD application for approval of prices for the fourth quarter of 2016, at which the public supplier sells natural gas to retailers of natural gas and customers connected to the gas network.

Parliament approved state aid for the Russian nuclear reactors

The Parliament approved state aid, allowing "National Electric Company" EAD (NEK) to pay "Atomstroyexport" for the two reactors for NPP "Belene". Lawmakers approved the submitted by the Council of Ministers Bill to provide assistance for the repayment of NEK liabilities.

Strengthening the Regional Energy Cooperation

In Budapest, a meeting of the High Level Group for Gas Interconnection Central and Southeastern Europe has been held. The main emphasis during the talks was the strengthening of the regional cooperation of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe as well as ensuring the security and diversification of gas and power supplies.

4,000 households can apply for funding to EBRD Energy Efficiency programme

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) continues its credit line for energy efficiency in the residential sector in Bulgaria by providing 20 mln. euros. As part of the programme, 4.4 mln. euros grant are provided by the International Fund "Kozloduy".

EC approved an Ordinance to reduce RES cost burden on businesses

The European Commission has approved without objection the measures to alleviate the costs of large industrial consumers for green energy.

Public discussion of the Energy Efficiency Act

The main purpose of the bill is to achieve full transposition of Directive 2012/27/EC and Directive 2010/31/EC into the national legislation.

The Regulator set new energy prices

At today's meeting, the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) approved new prices for electricity, heat, and natural gas, which will be in effect from 1st July 2016.

Energy projects will apply under "Juncker" investment plan

Key projects of the Bulgarian energy sector will apply for funding under the plan "Juncker". They include four projects of the Electricity System Operator and projects related to the construction of the gas interconnector Bulgarian-Greece.

Cheaper electricity to 1.1 million Bulgarians

From 256,000 at present, the new definition will increase the vulnerable consumers of electricity to 500,000 individuals and families, in total 1.1 million persons, which is 14 percent of the Bulgarian population.

Bulgaria to be supplied with natural gas through Greece

At an official ceremony in Thessaloniki, Greece, the construction of the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline, part of the Southern Gas Corridor, was launched.

BEH EAD arranged the loan to cover obligations of NEK EAD

The negotiations between BEH and the chosen candidate in the tender procedure for selection of an investment consultant for provision of a bridge loan followed by a bond issue have been completed successfully.

Total E&P Bulgaria Starts Oil and Gas Exploration in Bulgarian Offshore Block

Total E&P Bulgaria, together with its partners OMV Offshore Bulgaria and Repsol Bulgaria, launched today the exploration drilling in the Bulgarian offshore Block Han Asparuh in the Black Sea.

Modernized compressor station Strandzha and Chiren gas depot

Today Bulgartransgas entered into operation the third of the four modernized compressor stations. The cost of the reconstruction of CS "Strandzha" is nearly 70 million BGN.

Residents and SMEs can change their electricity supplier

As of today, the low voltage users - households and small businesses - can change their supplier of electricity. This became possible after the three electricity distribution companies in the country have developed standard load profiles approved by the Regulator.

New prices for gas, heat, and electricity from CHP

The new gas price is 23.02% lower than the previous quarter. Since the beginning of 2015, there is about 48% price decrease.

Large Bulgarian Energy Investors Established a National Energy Chamber

Legitimate representation and protection of the interests of the energy companies in Bulgaria are the leading priorities of the newly founded National Energy Chamber (NEC).

Gas Compressor Station "Lozenets" Enters into Operation

After the start of operation of compressor station "Ihtiman" in October 2015, today "Lozenets" followed. The reconstruction is part of a project, amounting of over 200 million leva, including modernization of four compressor stations - "Strandja", "Petrich", "Lozenets", and "Ihtiman", through integration of low-emission gas turbo compressor aggregates.

Shell will explore "Block 1-14 Silistar" area for oil and natural gas deposits

Shell Exploration and Production B.V., part of Royal Dutch Shell Plc., will explore "Block 1-14 Silistar" area for oil and natural gas deposits. The block is situated in the exclusive economic zone of Bulgaria's Black Sea.

Completed first project phase of gas interconnection Bulgaria-Serbia

The total project cost for the Bulgarian part of the connection is 92.6 million BGN, of which Phase 1 "Design", completed by 31st December 2015, amounted to 3.5 million BGN.

Bulgarian Energy Exchange Started Operation in Test Mode

On December 11, 1074 MWh of TPP "Maritsa Iztok 2" were traded during the demonstration test session of the Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange (IBEX).

Suspension of the preferential prices for electricity from biomass

The National Assembly decided that the electricity produced from biomass will not be purchased at preferential prices, starting from 01.01.2016.

Shell to explore for oil and natural gas in Bulgaria’s Block 1-14 Silistar

Shell Exploration and Production (LIX) B.V. will explore for oil and natural gas in Block 1-14 Silistar, which is located in the Bulgarian exclusive economic zone in the Black Sea

Business representatives in the boards of state-owned energy companies

Several packages of measures in the energy sector were discussed today at a meeting of employers' organizations with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, BTA reported.

Approved national report on the management of radioactive waste

The national report applies both to the facilities and activities, and presents the policies and programs that cover the entire cycle of safe management of radioactive waste, including disposal.

Government Develops Measures to Stabilize Energy Sector

The Bulgarian Government undertook measures for the financial stabilization of the energy sector. The aim is to reduce the current deficit in the National Electricity Company and to create conditions for the liberalization of the Bulgarian electricity market.

Nearly 6 000 Consumers on the Liberalised Electricity Market

The Bulgarian liberalised electricity market counts 5,917 consumers and 68 traders, according to data of the Electricity System Operator (ESO) as of end of May 2015.

Bulgaria signed the International Energy Charter

Achieving a favorable and sustainable in the long term investment climate in the energy sector is one of the main goals of the new version of the International Energy Charter.

Energy Efficiency Act approved by the Parliament

The new Energy Efficiency Act is harmonized with the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Directive (Directive 2012/27/EC).

NEK expects to save 1 bln BGN from agreement with "AES-Galabovo" TPP and "ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3" TPP.

Today the National Electric Company (NEK) signed amendments to the agreements with the two plants to reduce their price for availability, which are expected to result, until the end of their long-term contracts, in about 1 billion BGN savings for NEK.

The Parliament Elected Regulator's Chairman and Members

The Parliament elected the new commissioners in the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC). Ivan Ivanov, nominated by the Reformist Bloc, has been elected Chairman.

Parliament adopted amendments to the Energy Act

To stabilize the financial situation of the energy sector, to balance the relations in the sector, and to ensure the independence of the Regulator in favor of consumers - these are the main objectives of the changes in the Energy Act, which were approved at second reading by Parliament.

Bulgarian Governmental Programme for the Energy Sector 2014 - 2018

A top priority of the government in the energy sector is to ensure its financial stability.

The U.S. to provide assistance to Bulgaria in forging its energy future

Energy diversification and the preparation of a plan for the development of Bulgaria’s energy future, along with security and legislation, were among the main topics discussed by U.S. Secretary of State and Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov, during Kerry’s visit to Sofia on 15.01.