RES units maintain priority dispatch rights, Council decides

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.

EU council meeting on emissions underway in Luxembourg

Sokratis Famellos, deputy minister for the environment and energy, is taking part in a meeting of the European Council for the Protection of the Environment, now underway in Luxembourg.

Among the items on the agenda are emissions of gases into the atmosphere and implementation of the Paris Agreement.

“The ministers will discuss two legislative proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in sectors that are not covered by the ETS regulation system. In addition, the Council will take decisions on the Paris Agreement before the 23rd session of the COP23 in Bonn,” the European Council announced.