EIB must increase energy transition investments, claims European Council

Oct 25, 2021 03:33 PM ET
  • Europe's leaders have actually gotten in touch with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to check out just how to quicken investments in the power change to minimize the danger of future power price crises.
EIB must increase energy transition investments, claims European Council
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In a meeting last week to review the current spike in energy costs, the European Council, which includes the presidents or government of the European Union's (EU) 27 participants, said the EIB needs to consider increasing energy change investments "within its current capital headroom".

The EU's financing arm, the EIB pledged in 2019 to finish financing for nonrenewable fuel source power jobs by 2022 as well as has actually recently provided financing for solar PV plants in markets such as Spain, Portugal as well as Uzbekistan.

The Council likewise called on EU member states to use a new tool kit from the European Commission that intends to attend to the immediate impact of current power price boosts.

Released earlier this month, the tool kit encourages long-lasting renewables power purchase arrangements, which it states offer benefits both to industrial electricity customers and also renewable power manufacturers. The European Commission said it will work with EU countries to promote a bigger market for PPAs beyond large businesses, including SMEs, for instance by accumulating end-user demand, by attending to relevant management obstacles or by giving standard agreement conditions.

"With these most current Council verdicts, we eagerly anticipate EIB assistance on increasing the adoption of company renewables sourcing by a larger variety of stars, consisting of SMEs. Today, solar is already protecting millions of Europeans from cost shocks, but we should accelerate," Walburga Hemetsberger, chief executive officer of trade association SolarPower Europe.

Electricity prices have actually reached record degrees in many EU nations in recent weeks, mostly as a result of worldwide demand for gas rising as economic task picks up.

Ahead of last week's Council meeting, 8 energy-intensive industrial organizations, representing the paper, aluminium as well as chemical markets, among others, signed up with forces with SolarPower Europe as well as WindEurope to highlight the need for policymakers to sustain the transition to renewables.

In a joint letter, the associations claimed high energy costs are a danger to the European industry's capability to continue manufacturing and to remain competitive in a worldwide market. "Today, we contact the heads of EU states and also governments to take on policy procedures with the ability of guaranteeing the industry's access to cost effective renewable energy, accompanied by assistance for energy-efficient options," the letter checked out.

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