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Latest on the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package

By Giorgia Concas, Senior Policy Advisor

The analysis of the EU Commission proposed post-2020 rules for the electricity sector by the EU Parliament and the Council is progressing fast. As you may know, the EU institutions aim to strike a deal on the Clean Energy for All Europeans package by the end of this year. Initial EU Parliament amendments support an increase in the EU 2030 RES target, ranging between 35% and 45%. They also suggest that RES Directive II should allow Member States to adopt specific support frameworks for small vs large projects and for different technologies and require EU countries to maximise the transparency of auctions. While refraining from opening the target Pandora-box at this stage, a coalition of progressive Member States seems to be on the same line as Parliament leaders on support schemes design.

However, the same ambitious governments would like to loosen the obligation to support RES self-consumers and to tighten the definition of self-consumers and of their rights. The use of on-site renewable energy to improve building performance may be one of the few areas where more support comes from governments than from the EU Parliament.

As for market design, the EU Parliament leader Krisjanis Karins, a firm believer in markets, seems to be in favour of restricting the use of capacity payments but also of priority dispatch and grid access for renewables. Member States will probably uncover their cards this month; indeed, the incoming Estonian presidency has scheduled 4 full-day working party meetings on market design legislation between 1 and 30 July.

Members of SolarPower Europe are invited to attend our breakfast briefing and Strategy Committee meeting scheduled for 12 September and 10 October respectively for further updates!             

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