Europex responds to “Commission Guidelines for State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy 2014-2020”

Brussels, 24 April 2014 | Europex welcomes the changes to renewable energy policy brought about by the Guidelines for State Aid. We strongly agree with Commissioner Almunia that ‘It is time for renewables to join the market.’ The shift towards a more market-based, better coordinated support system, with a view to fulfilling the ambitious renewable energy (RES) targets set in the EU 2020 strategy, is certainly a step in the right direction, addressing both the costs of current feed-in tariff support schemes and the pending legal challenges they are facing. The logic that drives the changes is undeniably sound.

In the attached response, Europex highlights several issues regarding the implementation of the Guidelines.