Dave Elliott: A 50% renewable electricity target for 2030 and a radical free market shake up- that’s what is on the cards from the latest EU proposals, with consumers empowered to self-generate and sell power themselves. The European Commission’s recent proposed energy policy changes aim to keep the EU competitive as the clean energy transition changes global energy markets. It also proposes new approaches to empowering and informing consumers, enabling them to self-consume renewable electricity without facing undue restrictions, and ensuring that they are remunerated for the electricity they feed into the grid. It also ‘recognizes energy communities and facilitates their participation in the market’. The EC’s proposal have all still to be agreed, but it’s pretty far reaching, with actions to accelerate clean energy innovation, and encourage public and private investment, and a commitment ‘to modernising the EU’s economy and delivering on jobs and growth for all European citizens’.
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