Ahead of the final negotiation round on the Governance Regulation on 19 June, leading organisations call on European institutions to deliver a robust governance system for the Energy Union. The post-2020 governance regime should ensure long-term climate and energy strategies are in line with the Paris agreement, should provide adequate measures to deliver on EU targets and should support integrated planning for the energy transition.
- Governance Coalition letter June 2018
- Brexit coalition letter April 2018
As leading European and UK companies and investors, we recognise that climate change poses one of the greatest long-term threats to our economies and societies. We strongly urge both the UK and EU27 to commit to continuing to work together to meet the commitments set out in the Paris Agreement, in any future relationship. To ensure this is achieved, we call on you, in the Brexit negotiations, to develop a comprehensive Climate and Energy Chapter, which covers both trade and non-trade issues.
- The Electrification Alliance on the Mobility Package March 2018
Transport is the only sector in Europe in which emissions have increased in the last decades. Today,
transport emissions are nearly 20% higher than in 1990, while European transport needs are expected to grow significantly until 2050.
Without ambitious action, transport is set to be the biggest GHG emitter in Europe by 2030.
In parallel, from 1990 till 2015, the carbon intensity of electricity in Europe decreased by more than
33% and is on track to complete carbon-neutrality well before 2050.
- Open letter from the Eletrification Alliance on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework March 2018
The co-signatories of this letter represent a broad cross-section of European interests striving to support the EU’s efforts to meet its climate commitments under the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We highlight the opportunities coming from the smart and efficient electrification of European energy use as a means to achieving the EU’s climate commitments while improving its competitiveness, creating high quality jobs, and asserting global industrial leadership in the development and deployment of new technologies.
Electrification is further driven by trends in the economy on fuel efficiency, digitalisation and automation, which in turn can make technology work for vulnerable sectors of society such as low income households, local actors and SMEs. It is also a driver for cost reductions and increasing shares of renewables.
We would like to express the importance of aligning the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) post-2020 with these commitments and opportunities, which we believe requires the European Commission to revisit its approach to energy infrastructure spending.
- Joint statement on Guarantees of Origin February 2018
The signatories of this statement believe that Guarantees of Origin (GOs) are a reliable instrument to track and prove to consumers that a given share of electricity supplied to their home or business comes from renewable sources.
The Clean Energy Package offers a unique opportunity to strengthen the GO system as more countries, consumers, and electricity suppliers begin to use it . As both European Parliament and Council have now agreed on their respective positions on the Renewable Energy Directive, this paper aims to draw the attention of policy makers to some key issues ahead of the trilogue negotiations.
- Joint statement on regulated retail prices February 2018
WindEurope and other associations from the power sector call on the European Parliament and the Council to phase out regulated prices as part of the ongoing reform of the Electricity Directive. Enabling consumers to base their decisions during scarcity periods on market price signals is essential to further develop demand response and drive a cost-effective integration of renewables into the power system.
The persistence of regulated electricity tariffs is one the reason why consumers have not fully benefited from the downward trend that wind power produces on the wholesale market. The future electricity market design should seek for an increased link between wholesale prices and retail prices in order to guarantee such pass-through effect to consumers.
- Joint industry letter for a simple and effective ‘Smartness Indicator’ November 2017
WindEurope has joined efforts with other industry associations and NGOs from the energy, manufacturing, standardisation, construction and building sectors to raise the need for an effective smartness indicator for buildings. This indicator is introduced by the proposal for a revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. It aims at indicating a building’s ability to actively manage its internal, self-generation and/or storage for both heat and electricity. The European Commission is now working with a consortium of consultancies led by VITO on a joint study that should develop a common definition and methodology for this indicator.
WindEurope and other associations call on the consortium to focus on active measures of flexibility in their study, and not the passive efficiency measures within a building which are already addressed by the Energy Performance Certificate. This would be the best way to ensure that the indicator becomes a meaningful tool for building owners and occupants in order to unlock the vast flexibility of Europe’s building stock, and eventually support the wider energy system to integrate larger shares of renewables.
- Strengthening the regional approach to system operation to boost renewables’ integration October 2017
Europe needs to integrate ever-growing shares of renewable energy sources into the wholesale power market. This path is a no brainer for Europe and for the signatories of this statement.
Today however, a number of hurdles are in the way of reaching this goal. This is in particular the case for cross-border capacity allocation. As wholesale markets are increasingly interconnected and coupled, further progress is fundamentally needed to reach the objective of a truly integrated Internal Energy Market.
In particular, we call for on policy-makers to support a step-wise regional approach to system operation that optimise social welfare beyond national borders.
- Support a reliable regulatory framework for renewable energies in Europe October 2017
The Clean Energy Package for all Europeans is an ambitious response to the climate challenges we are facing in Europe today.
The ongoing decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation of the energy sector offer ample of opportunities, as electricity becomes increasingly decarbonised and electrification of all sectors of the European economy progresses.
The signatories of this statement call on the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to support the development of a stable and predictable regulatory framework for renewable energies.
- European wind energy sets out concerns on a new governance mechanism in Clean Energy Package October 2017
The wind industry today issued a letter to the European Council, setting out concerns regarding the ongoing Council deliberations on a new governance mechanism in the context of the Clean Energy Package.
The European wind industry can make a substantial contribution to the energy transition. Onshore wind is now the cheapest form of new power generation capacity, and offshore is not far behind. Technology developments have also made it much easier and cheaper to integrate variable renewables in the energy system. Wind creates growth and jobs (now 300,000 across Europe) and reduces fossil fuel imports. And of course it also reduces CO2 emissions.