European legislative proposals ‘clean energy package’

European Commission

European legislative proposals ‘clean energy package’

On November 30 the European Commission published a set of proposals on the review of the most important energy guidelines under the heading ‘package of clean energy’.

The European Commission wants the EU to play a global leadership role in the field of clean energy. For this, the EU needs its CO2 emissions to be reduced by at least 40% by 2030. At the same time additional jobs should be created in order to realise growth. The European Commission’s proposals are based on three main objectives: energy efficiency should be on the first place, we need to be a world leader in renewable energy and energy must remain affordable for citizens.

Consumers are active and central players in the energy market of the future. Everybody should be able to compare energy prices more easily and to produce and sell their own energy. Through greater transparency and better regulations, civil society can play a greater role in the energy market and respond faster on price signals. The package also includes a number of measures to protect the most vulnerable customers.

The energy transition offers plenty of opportunities for growth for the economy and employment. This package of measures could result in an increase of the gross domestic product of 1% and create 900.000 new jobs.

Solar panels

The proposals contain many measures that are positive for the integration and valorisation of PV in the electricity market. Some of these proposals aim to protect prosumers at the EU level and to give better conditions for the stability of financial support. The biggest concerns for the PV industry are firstly that renewable energy such as PV would no longer have priority access to the power grid. Second, the introduction of so-called capacity mechanisms, which imply that one pays for electricity capacity instead of electricity production, could mean that polluting plants receive indirect subsidies at the expense of renewable energy.

Following steps

The European Parliament and the EU Council should adopt these amendments now. During this process, which will take at least a year, the European institutions can still change thoroughly the proposals.

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