CEEP Opinion on the Commission proposal for a “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package - PDF

Executive summary

  • CEEP welcomes the European Commission proposal for a “Clean Energy for all Europeans” Package and its overall direction. It puts consumers and CO2 emissions’ reduction at the heart of the energy system and contributes in a substantial way to the functioning of the internal energy market which is the basis for the achievement of the EU’s climate and energy objectives in the short and long term.
  • CEEP supports the Commission’s ambition to give the Energy Union a reliable governance system, aiming at higher regulatory stability and predictability than in the past through coherent and transparent European coordination. In principle, CEEP agrees that the objectives of climate action, competition and security of supply can be better achieved at European level. However, following the principle of subsidiarity, Member States should keep sufficient leeway for ambitious national climate and energy policies.
  • CEEP would like to recall that, in addition to the market integration of power from mature renewable energy sources, a well-functioning market for CO2 is an essential tool to drive investments in low carbon energy infrastructure at the least cost for consumers and tax payers and to implement the European climate ambitions. Therefore, the “Clean Energy for all Europeans” Package cannot be isolated from the ETS reform.
  • CEEP deems crucial to ensure that the interplay between the CO2 reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency targets is fully taken into account. They must not counteract the efforts to strengthen the ETS, supposed to be the EU’s leading tool to achieve its climate and energy objectives.
  • CEEP pleads that the ongoing review of the energy market design recognises that system adequacy is vital to the functioning of the European electricity system and that capacity mechanisms are a tool to guarantee that enough capacity will always be available, especially at peak periods to supply demand.
  • CEEP in principle welcomes the creation of a EU DSO entity. In this context, it is crucial that the representation of all DSOs is ensured and that EU legislation for DSOs is limited to issues of EU-wide impact and of reasonable importance for the EU internal market development.
  • CEEP supports the explicit recognition of new participants in the energy market, such as aggregators, active consumers and local energy communities. However, when shaping the exact roles of different market actors, it is crucial to ensure a level-playing field and non-discriminatory treatment that does not privilege certain actors.
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