The Commission gives guidance on state intervention in the electricity market

05/11/2013

Today, the European Commission has adopted a Communication which gives guidance to Member States on how best to reform existing national support schemes for renewable energy. At the same time, the Communication also aims to give guidance on the conditions which may justify the introduction of back-up capacity mechanism and the principles which such mechanisms should respect. Capacity mechanisms may help to ensure adequate renewable electricity generation if they fully respect the achievements of the internal energy market.

While the Communication published today is not a legally binding act, it does set out the main principles which the Commission will apply when assessing state interventions relating to renewable support schemes or capacity mechanisms. The Commission will also consider whether to propose further instruments to ensure that the state-aid rules and principles laid out in this Communication are fully implemented.

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