Priority dispatch rights for existing RES units will be maintained, the Council of the EU has ruled. Even so, the renewable energy sector’s response to RES sector amendments was mixed.
WindEurope, the wind energy association, warned that existing RES units could be exposed to system balancing responsibilities before acquiring rights to related balancing markets.
The council also decided to require three-year forecasts from EU member states on volumes and budgets concerning RES support mechanisms. In another decision, member states may continue staging RES auctions for specific technologies.
As for the 2030 energy mix target, the council backed a European Commission objective for at least 27 percent of the EU’s energy to be sourced by renewables.