Renewable energy

Implementation indicators

  • National Renewable Energy Action Plan

    National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP)

    North Macedonia submitted its NREAP, amendments as well as all three Progress Reports on implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive to the Secretariat. With 18,12% of renewable energy sources, North Macedonia is far from its indicative trajectory of 22,3% in 2018.

  • Quality of the support schemes

    Quality of the support schemes

     According to the Energy Law, two types of support measures are applied: the administratively set feed-in tariff (FiT) and the feed-in premium (FiP) granted on a competitive basis. The first auctions under the FiP scheme were conducted in 2019, followed by signature of the first contracts in 2020. The market operator is obliged to take over electricity produced by the privileged producers under FiT support, whereas producers granted FiP sell their electricity in the market.

  • Integration to the grids

    Integration to the grids

    According to the Energy Law, the transmission and distribution system operators are obliged to ensure priority connection to the systems and priority in the dispatching of renewable energy, while the electricity market operator is obliged to compensate the costs for balancing and the necessary ancillary services.

  • Administrative procedures and guarantees of origin

    Administrative procedures and guarantees of origin

    Investor guides for various renewable energy technologies are published, while further simplification of administrative procedures is envisaged in the next amendments to the Energy Law. There is no designated administrative body. An electronic system for issuing, transfer and cancellation of guarantees of origin is not in place yet. A concept is under preparation.

  • Renewable energy in transport

    Renewable energy in transport

    Provisions related to the sustainability of biofuels are still not transposed and the legal framework remains completely non-compliant with Directive 2009/28/ EC. The share of renewables in transport remains negligible, reaching only 0,12% in 2018.

State of compliance

By signing agreements with producers awarded with a FiP via auctions, North Macedonia progressed in the implementation of the renewable energy acquis during the reporting period. Although the country overreached its sectorial target for the share of renewable energy in heating and cooling and almost reached its electricity target of 26,8%, the overall target of 23% of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption by 2020 is far from being achieved because of the insignificant share of renewable energy in the transport sector.

The Energy Law adopted in 2018 implies that the energy agency is designated as the body responsible for the issue, transfer and cancellation of guarantees of origin. However, the energy agency has not adopted the required secondary act and it is yet to implement an electronic system compatible with the standardized European Energy Certificate System.

Self-consumption is enabled through the Rulebook on renewables adopted in 2019. Additional efforts are needed to achieve implementation in practice.

The priority for North Macedonia in the upcoming reporting period should be the transposition of provisions related to the sustainability of biofuels. The country should also implement an electronic system for guarantees of origin.