Teofil Muresan, Chairman of the Board of E-INFRA, speaker at ZF Power Summit 2020

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Teofil Muresan, Chairman of the Board of E-INFRA, believes that the lack of technology in the energy sector will be one of the penalising factors of the sector. Also, Mr.Muresan believes that, in the next 10 years, the energy sector will no longer receive as many subsidies as at present.

“Technology will be one of the most penalising factors for the industry. Over 10 years I see the energy sector with less subsidy than it has now. For example, solar parks can be subsidised not only by green certificates, but also if energy storage is done near the park”, said Teofil Muresan during the Power Summit 2020 event.

Mr Muresan brought up the importance of interconnection on energy as well as on telecom infrastructure:

“We will have to find a balance between cost and safety. I believe that energy should be regarded as any other business and not as strategic as in the past. For this we must analyse the trends – one of them is the interconnection, which we can see not only between countries. Big projects are being built not only in energy, but also in gas or telecom. They help for the investment risk in a country to be reduced through imports – exports, and the costs are somewhat regional.

“We don’t need to think that Romania should produce as much as it consumes. No matter how much we produce, if the energy produced outside will be cheaper, we will import and vice versa. Interconnections are a trend that is happening. We are not really in the lead on this, so maybe we will have to find ways to connect.

On future trends that would dominate de next 10 years: 

“Another trend is the penalty of pollution. I don’t think this policy will change. Because if you have 45% cost with carbon certificates it is hard. The renewables will soon be without subsidies, solar parks will no longer be subsidised from and, therefore, some countries will come into play.”

“In 10 years now the players in the sector will no longer be focused on production and distribution, but will have better services, and the supply will be a place with heavy battles. The consumer will opt for companies that sell utilities, the countries will be strongly interconnected and the import and export of gas, for example, will increase.”

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