Orgalime Response on the consultation on the preparation of a new Renewable Energy Directive for the period after 2020
Published: 8 February 2016
Policies & Issues: Environment
Orgalime supports to further develop Renewable Energy Sources as one key factor of an EU decarbonisation policy, including in the light of the successful COP 21 process for which we congratulate the Commission.
The transition period towards a secure, sustainable and competitive energy system in the EU with an ever higher share of renewable energy sources (RES) nevertheless needs to be managed carefully. It would in our view be smoother and most successful if it went hand in hand with strong energy efficiency measures and strong, smart, flexible distribution grids. To implement its 2030 energy and climate targets, Europe needs the infrastructure, which will be able to cope with an increased share of RES and energy efficiency technologies.
Incentives need to take into account in the triangle of the three no regret options “RES - Energy Efficiency - flexible distribution grids”. Pursuing a consistent economic approach is essential and there needs to be an end to “stop and go” policies.
RES need to become economically and environmentally sustainable by themselves. The empowerment of consumers and promotion of all sources of flexibility will be essential in a modernised EU energy system with ever more RES.
Furthermore, technology neutrality and more regional cooperation as a basis for more European harmonisation will make the transition more cost efficient.
We ask that regulators should strive for consistency of carbon abatement costs and should focus on making sure that Europe builds an industry with the best impact on jobs and growth in Europe.