Brussels ‘attaching unresolved market issues to target model’

Greece’s unresolved energy market issues, including demand response and flexibility mechanism requests, appear to have been bundled up into one package by the European Commission as it waits to see if the country will honor its commitment to launch the target model this summer, sources believe.

Brussels has held back on approving a demand response mechanism extension request and CATs rewarding flexibility. Sources believe the European Commission will maintain delay tactics, through ongoing correspondence, until the summer.

The Greek government forwarded a request for a demand response mechanism extension of two years in late December before presenting the plan in Brussels the following month.

The presentation prompted an extended period of correspondence between the two sides that ended up requiring Greece’s energy ministry to respond to a lengthy list of questions. The ministry’s responses to these questions were forwarded two weeks ago. Athens is now awaiting news from the European Commission.