The provisions on energy efficiency tenders will enter into force as from 2012. In 2011 there is time to carry out the necessary preparatory actions among which one of the most important is the setting up of the qualification committees, which will, it turn, train, verify, and authorise energy efficiency auditors.
This organisational work is the necessary element of the system, since eligible to take part in tenders will only be projects the effects thereof are positively verified by auditors authorised by the said committees.
Eligible to take part in tenders shall be either:
1) the projects for the energy efficiency improvement, as a result of which there are achieved energy savings of at least 10 toe on average over the year or
2) the projects for the energy efficiency improvements, as a result of which there are achieved in total energy savings of at least 10 toe on average over the year.
The initiation link of the whole process will be the issuance of the delegated acts specifying the details at issue. The part of the provisions relating to the surrendering of white certificates will enter into force only in 2013, hence 2013 will be the first year where the bills for the electricity sold to the final customers will be charged with the relevant costs.
The scheme for the issuance of white certificates will operate ex post, that is to say the said certificates will only be entered into circulation once the project is finalised and its effects are verified. Until that time the certificates may be granted but must not enter into circulation.
Statutory exclusions from the eligibility of enterprises for energy efficiency improvements to take part in tenders are instances where the project was finished before 1 January 2011 or it was given grants from the EU or State funds (for the more extensive list of premises, where the project is not eligible to take part in the tender cf. the Article 18(2) and 19 of the Law).
Project realised after 1 January 2011 would be eligible to be granted with white certificates.