S.12. Clean Energy for All Europeans


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EP adopts key Clean Energy Package files

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The EP adopted new rules on renewables, energy efficiency and the governance of the Energy Union, including two binding targets. The European Council still has to vote to approve the legislative files.

The EP approved three of the eight legislative proposals in the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package, confirming the provisional agreement reached in June on energy efficiency (434 votes to 104 with 37 abstentions), renewables (495 votes to 68 with 61 abstentions) and the governance of the Energy Union (475 votes to 100 with 33 abstentions).

The new regulatory framework aims to reinforce regulatory certainty and enable the conditions necessary to increase the uptake of RES, including multiple provisions that will increase the participation of European consumers in the energy market.

A new binding renewable energy target of at least 32% and an energy efficiency target of at least 32,5% by 2030 have been approved. Both targets must be reviewed by 2023 and may only be raised, not decreased. Policy-makers hope that measures taken to achieve these goals will lead to steeper reductions in emissions than was previously anticipated – some 45% by 2030 compared to 1990, instead of the previous 40% target.

However, MEPs are struggling to come to an agreement on provisions, which would phase-out regulated electricity prices and alter the regulatory framework governing so-called capacity mechanisms (see news of 23 October 2018: ‘Important provisional agreements for the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package’). Several Member States, including France and Hungary, stand by the principle of protecting State intervention in the electricity market.

The third trilogues on the proposed ACER and Risk-preparedness Regulations will be held on 21 and 22 November, respectively. The EC, EP and the Council have set 05 December as a tentative date for the next round of trilogues on the proposed Regulation and Directive on common rules for the internal market in electricity.