10 EU culls grid priority for RE

Commission’s power market reforms include 27% renewables goal by 2030

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The European Commission has confirmed it is to remove priority grid dispatch for new renewables under draft electricity market reforms.

Priority dispatch will remain in place for existing installations, small-scale renewables and demonstration projects.

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Brussels said other installations will be subject to non-discriminatory third-party access rules.

The measure is part of the Commission’s so-called winter package of draft energy market design rules.

Priority dispatch is supposed to be mandatory under current EU rules, although the UK, Sweden and the Netherlands are among countries that do not comply.

Trade association WindEurope has said that removing priority despatch for renewables could increase the of risk of curtailment or constraint leading to a rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

The Commission said “curtailment of renewables should be kept to a strict minimum”.

The package also maintains the EU’s commitment to a non-nationally binding renewables target of 27% by 2030.

The package also sets a binding target to cut energy use by 30% by 2030 and a limit of 550 grams of CO2/kWh to subsidies paid to new plants, effectively ruling out coal.

The measures will be scrutinised by the European Parliament and member states before becoming law.

Image: T-pylon (National Grid)

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