European Commission accepts US$ 2.5 bn Greek policy to sustain 4.2 GW of renewables

Nov 26, 2021 05:08 PM ET
  • The European Commission (EC) has actually accepted a EUR2.27 billion (US$ 2.56 billion) Greek scheme to support 4.2 GW of installed renewables capability after analyzing it in the context of EU state help regulations.
European Commission accepts US$ 2.5 bn Greek policy to sustain 4.2 GW of renewables
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The scheme is meant to sustain electrical energy produced from different renewable resource sources consisting of solar PV and also solar-plus-storage in as well as outside Greece.

Now authorized, the plan will certainly see solar installations sustained via a joint affordable tendering procedure.

Electricity production will undergo an auction as well as help will certainly take the kind of a two-way contract-for-difference premium. Under this system, a reference rate is evaluated auction and either the state or the generator will pay the other the distinction if the real price of power goes above or listed below that degree.

The system is open until 2025 as well as help can be paid for a maximum of two decades.

The EC examined the system under EU state aid guidelines and located that "the aid is needed to additional develop energy generation from eco-friendly resources and to aid Greece fulfill its ecological targets"," stated an EC news releases.

It said the plan had an "motivation effect" and that investments by benefitting business "would certainly not take place in the lack of the help".

"Specifically, the degree of help can not exceed the distinction between the marketplace price of electricity as well as the production costs, and will certainly be set either via a competitive tendering procedure or through an administrative procedure gauging those production expenses," it added.

The news comes as trade body SolarPower Europe this week gotten in touch with the EU to increase its renewable resource target to 45% by 2030, which it claimed would certainly lead to an additional 210GW of solar capacity mounted and put the continent on a solid trajectory to reach climate nonpartisanship by 2050.

Last month, European leaders gotten in touch with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to examine just how to speed up investments in the energy change to reduce the risk of future energy price crises. The EC has actually released a "tool kit" to resolve the short-term effect of price rises as well as enhance durability against future shocks.

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