How EU governments should support electricity from renewable sources
By Giorgia Concas, Senior Policy Advisor
On 21 June, we held a conference with our fellow EU renewable electricity associations on the design of national frameworks to support the growth of renewables. High-level industry representatives, including Benedikt Ortmann from our member company BayWa RE, concurred that policy stability and predictability are key to strengthening investor confidence, thereby driving project and support costs down.
Antonin Ferri, coordinator for sustainable development policies at the French permanent representation office in Brussels, explained how the French energy transition framework is providing great visibility as to the technologies and volumes that the government will support in the next years. Mr Ferri agreed with the industry that most of the time technology-specific measures are more appropriate than technology-neutral competition to exploit the complementarities of solar, wind, geothermal and other options.
The ball is now in the court of Sean Kelly, one of the EU Parliament rapporteurs on the new RES Directive who moderated the discussion, and his fellow MEPs.