Hungary initiates third renewable power auction

4 May 2021

The Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (MEKH) has launched its third auction to award feed-in premiums to renewable projects with an installed capacity comprised between 0.3 and 20 MW. Selected projects will receive feed-in premium payments on top of wholesale electricity prices during a 15-year contract.

Participants can apply for feed-in premiums in two categories: projects with a capacity between 0.3 MW and 1 MW and installations with a capacity between 1 MW and 20 MW. The first category is limited to a total HUF200m/year (around €560,000/year) budget or 50 GWh/year, whereas the second category cannot exceed HUF250m/year (€695,000/year) or 134 GWh/year. Bidders have until 30 July 2021 to submit their bids.

In July 2017, the European Commission (EC) endorsed the Hungarian renewable electricity support scheme and underlined its compliance with the EU state aid rules and in particular with the EC's 2014 Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy.

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