Country:Jordan
Year:2010
Policy status:In Force
Jurisdiction:National
Date Effective:2010
Date Amended:

2012 (April 12th)

Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning, Policy Support>Institutional creation, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Research programme , Information and Education>Information provision, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Tax relief
Renewable Energy Policy Targets:Multiple RE Sources, All
Policy Sector:Framework Policy
Size of Plant Targeted:Small and Large
Agency:Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
URL:http://www.memr.gov.jo/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=vblQv7AybK8%3d&tabid=253
Legal References:Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Law (13), issued on April, 12th 2012
Renewable Energy Description:

The Temporary Law on Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency 3 (which became a permanent law on April 12th, 2012 under the Law No. 13) aims to provide the government with suitable tools to reach the National Energy Efficiency Strategy targets.

Since 2007, the Energy Efficiency Strategy targets 7% of Jordan energy mix to come from renewable energy sources by 2015 and 10% by 2020.

According to the new legislation, the Ministry of Energy is responsible for the identification of a list of Renewable Energy Development Zones to increase the productivity of future renewable energy projects. The Ministry shall issue tenders to attract competitive proposals for the development of Renewable Energies on selected sites. As a way to ease the project implementation process, the 2010 legislation allows domestic and international companies to bypass a previously complex bidding process and negotiate directly with the Minister of Energy. Each Qualified Renewable Energy Plant proposal shall contain a development plan, including a preliminary design, an initial financing plan and a contribution of local inputs to the facility, supplies, construction and operation. The applicant shall prove sufficient experience -five years- in the field of renewable energy development and implementation. Each presented project shall clearly state its fixed electricity tariff and be part of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Bulk Supply Licensee or the Retail Supply Licensee. NEPCO (National Electricity Power Company) is expected to purchase the entire amount of electricity produced by private producers and will provide grid access to each individual renewable energy project.

The law also sets up the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF). The fund will be financed by national and international institutions, have a legal personality and be financially and administratively independent. Both national and foreign private companies will be allowed to apply for the Funds support when setting up renewable energy generation projects in Jordan. The Fund provides renewable energy subsidies to privately owned and operated facilities, interest rate subsidies on commercial loans, a Public Equity Fund to support the deployment of private investment in the sector, a renewable energy guarantee facility to ease credit access for energy efficiency and renewable energy project developers and research and technical cooperation grants for targeted programmes and feasibility studies. The Board of Director of the Fund oversees the activities of the Fund, under the chairmanship of the Energy Minister, Secretary-General of the Environment, Planning and International Cooperation and Finance ministers, and three representatives of the private sector.

Amended:

After approval by the Parliament the Temporary Law on Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (3) became a permanent law on April 12th, 2012 under the Law no. 13.
The most important amendment to the law was that all renewable energy sources and energy conservation systems and equipment and its production inputs, whether manufactured locally or imported, will be exempted from all customs duties and sales tax.

In addition, a fund known as Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund shall be established in the Ministry of Energy and Renewable Energy with the aim of providing the funding necessary for the exploitation of renewable energy sources and the rationalization of energy consumption including small renewable energy facilities.

Related policies:Bylaw on Regulating Procedures and Means of Conserving Energy and Improving Its Efficiency , Reference Pricelist Record for the calculation of Electrical Energy purchase prices from Renewable Energy Sources , Directive for the Costs of Connecting Renewable Energy Facility to the Distribution System for Direct Proposals and Competitive Tenders , Directive governing the sale of electrical energy generated from Renewable Energy Systems (Net metering)

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