European RES associations call for priority dispatch right maintenance

European RES associations have jointly declared that most EU markets are not yet ready for the abolition of priority dispatch rights offered to RES units, as has been proposed by the European Commission.

A joint letter forwarded by ten RES associations was prompted by a proposal made by Euro MP Krisjanis Karins, a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), who called for certain revisions, despite supporting the fundamental aspects of the European Commission’s winter package.

In their letter, the associations pointed out that most EU electricity markets are not ready for direct RES participation, noting that the progress of short-term products, level of transparency in network functioning, and system flexibity all remain uneven around Europe. As a result, abolishing priority dispatch rights for RES units at this stage would jeopardize RES growth, the RES associations contended.

The associations called for the European Commission to maintain priority dispatch rights for existing RES units, trial-basis projects and small units until market regulations offer full transparency and efficiency.