StrategiaEnergeticaPentruRomani: Goal, time and cost, essential elements for developing an energy strategy


by Dumitru Chisalita, Energy Expert

The Energy Strategy of Romania, an expression that in the minds of Romanians means “empty words”. The reality of recent years shows that endeavors to achieve an energy strategy have failed, because of lack of knowledge of reality on how to achieve a strategy. The alternative proposed by the campaign Energy Strategy for Romanians consists of a realistic approach of steps to be taken in developing the strategy and avoiding messages sending false expectations. Elements we consider essential in approaching the Energy Strategy are:

Purpose of developing the strategy – represents the essence and motivation of the action. Its absence makes the strategy be included in “others” and interest of all parties be correspondingly low.

Time for developing the strategy – it is essential to be properly appreciated to get a strategy. I believe failure to develop so far an energy strategy was due to inaccuracy in the allocation of resources such as time and money. The explanation may be non-recognition of steps that need to be taken in developing a strategy and especially of resources required to take these steps. Along with the steps presented, in a previous material, it is necessary to take into account the legal and procedural elements for implementing the strategy. Thus, selecting a consultant requires a period of approx. 60 calendar days, other approx. 90 calendar days being needed to conduct the work. Subsequently, the strategy does not end with a report submitted by a consultant, other steps being necessary:

– the strategic objectives must be subject to environmental assessment (according to the legislation in force). This involves selecting a firm to prepare an environmental report, according to legal procedure of selection (approx. 60 days) and the actual preparation of the environmental report (approx. 90 days);

– public consultation;

– interministerial consultation;

– adoption at the executive level;

– possibly adoption in the Parliament of Romania.

Thus, we are discussing about approximately 12 months needed from the time of initiating the development of the energy strategy until the time of its adoption.

Cost of implementing the strategy -it actually consists of two components: cost to develop the strategy and cost with environmental assessment of the objectives of the strategy. The complexity of such a work, but also attracting elite consultants, determine the need for a budget of hundreds of thousands of euros.

Strategic vision or the starting point of the energy strategy, cannot be established by the consultant, and in its absence the action fails.

Energy objectives – fair, equitable and feasible, they require the knowledge of systems, processes, mechanisms, legislation, history of events, past mistakes, impact assessment, cost-benefit and risk analysis etc.

Assumptions/Scenarios – assumptions from which the development of the strategy and scenarios start, which assumptions can give birth to, are elements that a consultant should partially identify and partially need to be provided by the beneficiary.

Project management – involves project coordination and correcting the way in which it is carried out, so as to develop the Energy Strategy according to the purpose of project initiation, within the limit of resources allocated and in line with the vision undertaken.

Within the campaign Energy Strategy for Romanians, we welcome opinions on:



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