The European Council’s General orientations on the Electricity Market regulation adopted in December 2017, introduce the possibility to place an unfair financial and administrative burden on small-scale renewable and high efficiency cogeneration installations, demonstration projects, and energy communities. Allowing Member States to remove priority dispatch and exemptions on balancing responsibilities without any pre-condition related to market-readiness will put small-scale players at an extreme disadvantage and undermine the necessary uptake of such installations in Europe.Small-scale renewable and high efficiency cogeneration installations will support Europe’s industrial leadership in clean energy technologies and bring important benefits at all levels of society. These installationsy will be the backbone of a smart, decarbonized and increasingly distributed energy system, empowering energy consumers, communities and territories (e.g. households, hospitals, public buildings, hotels) with clean and sustainable energy supply.
Small-scale renewable and high efficiency cogeneration installations will support the competitiveness of European micro, small and medium-sized enterprises active in the manufacturing, installation, maintenance and operation of small scale installations. These sectors are important creators of local, sustainable and skilled jobs that will make the green economy a local reality. Ahead of the trialogue negotiations on the Electricity Market Design regulation, the signatories of this letter therefore urge the co-legislators to re-open the debate on Art 4 regarding priority dispatch and Art 11 concerning balancing responsibilities.
Finally, demonstration projects are key to consolidate Europe’s industrial and technological leadership in renewable and efficient energy solutions.
The future regulatory framework should not disincentive local, small players or developers of innovative renewables and high efficiency technologies for their potential to enable the energy transition, by scrapping their economic benefits or imposing overly burdensome processes and obligations.